Pacquiao victory greeted with joy in Philippines

Photo credit: Jay Directo photo and Isaac Brekken photo| AP

The Philippines united in celebration on Sunday as its boxing hero Manny Pacquiao cemented his comeback by avenging his 2012 loss to American Timothy Bradley to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.

Crowds watching the fight‚ which was broadcast live from Las Vegas in several parks‚ squares and public stadiums around the archipelago‚ erupted in cheers as Pacquiao was declared winner in a unanimous 12–round decision.

“The people of the nation are united in cheering on the victory of the nation’s fist‚ Congressman Manny Pacquiao. He is the symbol of the excellence of the Filipino in all endeavours‚” said President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma shortly after the victory.

He said Pacquiao’s latest victory was symbolic of the way Filipinos can recover from the worst disasters‚ an apparent reference to Super Typhoon Haiyan and the earthquake that struck the country last year‚ killing thousands.

Street sweeper Fernando Baque 52‚ one of the thousands who watched the fight on a giant screen in a park in suburban Manila‚ said: “I was happy to see him win. He can still take it. He isn’t that old. He really controlled the fight. His punches really rocked Bradley.

“He shouldn’t retire yet. The country still needs him‚” he told AFP.

Questions about whether Pacquiao had grown too old to fight surfaced after he suffered two consecutive defeats: first a decision to Bradley in June‚ 2012 and then a knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez in December that year.

But since then‚ Pacquiao has appeared to be regaining his old form‚ winning an overwhelming points victory over Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organisation international welterweight championship in Macau last November.

While he failed to knock out Bradley‚ his Filipino fans were not disappointed by his performance.

“I really prayed for this. He really looked strong this time. As long as his body can take it‚ he should keep it up‚” said 50–year–old carer‚ Elsie Vinluan.

However 72–year–old retiree‚ William Saraste said Pacquiao should retire after just one more fight.

“He already has enough money and he can’t go on for much longer. I wish he would fight (American Floyd) Mayweather. That should be his last fight‚” he said.

A match between Pacquiao and Mayweather‚ both once considered among the best fighters of their generation‚ has long been hoped for but has also been repeatedly scuttled due to various conflicts.

Originally posted via AFP

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Pacquiao vs Bradley rematch set for April 12

Promoters Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank and Michael Koncz of MP Promotions was officially announced the Pacquiao vs Bradley will fight again on April 12 at  the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The 30–year–old Bradley defeated Pac–man in their first meeting‚ in a controversial split decision‚ garnering criticism from many who believed the Filipino boxer had clearly won.

June 9‚ 2012 Manny Pacquio’s loss to Bradley‚ the 15 fight winning was broke during which he was recognized as one of the best pound–for–pound boxer in the world.

In the first fight‚ Pacquiao earned a reported $26 million and Bradley $5 million.

The 35–year–old Pacquiao‚ from the Philippines‚ is 55–5–2 with 38 knockouts. Pacquiao‚ the long congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to a second term‚ running unopposed last year)‚ is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.

The 30–year–old Bradley‚ from California‚ is 31–0 with 12 KOs. Bradley is a two–division world champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice during his previous four–year reign.

Vacant European Featherweight Title Bout on Feb 1

 

Lee Selby‚ 26–year–old Welsh boxer and Defending British featherweight title holder will face Rendall Munroe‚ 33–year–old English boxer in  Motorpoint Arena‚ Cardiff‚ Wales on February 1.

 
Selby being a title holder is expected to be the crowd favorite. Will experience be enough tp play part for Munroe to claim victoy? See stats and odds

 

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Lee Selby                 0.00       1.22
Rendall Munroe        0.00       3.50

 

 

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