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Pacquiao - Bradley rematch, Why? Is it worth it?

By Omar Calo: If you have some knowledge about boxing, and have been following the sport for quite some time now, Iím pretty sure you asked yourself the same question. Last Saturdayís when Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision over Manny Pacquiao, it has been the worst decision I have seen since Trinidad - De La Hoya fiasco back in 1999. Of course, there has been other upsets after that horror, but thatís the best comparison I can come up with right at this moment.

Yes, it is true that Manny didnít look like the Manny that went to war with Barrera or Morales; but taking in consideration all the REAL WARS Manny has been through, and all the other not so great things in between, he looked pretty great to me. Bradley is a strong, young, fast, and hungry lion who havenít taken as much punishment as Pacman during his 29 fights boxing career. The Pacman manage, as always, to adapt and find the way to connect clean shots hurting Bradley more than once, who was looking frustrated at the end of every round while walking back to his corner. Pacquiao was the aggressor most of the time looking to force the fight.

I canít believe that Bradley was awarded the decision when Marquez, who fought a tremendous fight on their last bout last year, was denied even a draw. This makes no sense to me and Iím pretty sure 90 % of the boxing fans feel the same way. Why would Pacman want a rematch with a guy he clearly beat? It would be ridiculous to even think that this is worth it, even for Pacquiao. I think Manny still the #1 P4P boxer in the world. He do not need a rematch because he have nothing else to prove. If I was Manny I would just retire.

Not because he donít have it anymore, but because he have done more than enough. Pacman, to my understanding, will be remembered by the ones that actually love and knows the sport of boxing, as the greatest warrior of this decade. The one who did not hand picked his opponents, the one that came all the way from 106 pounds to destroy fighters in the 154 pounds category, and win belts in 8 different divisions. That is a true POUND PER POUND king.

Article posted on 12.06.2012



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