Who really won the fight? Pacquiao or Bradley?

After Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao was over, the crowd in Las Vegas, viewers at home, media pundits and the like were stunned when Bradley was announced as the winner, but, when really looking at every round in the fight objectively, was the official outcome really that egregious?

The fight took place at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 6/9/12. Like many of his fights, Pacquiao had the crowd heavily in his favor again. The HBO broadcast team (especially Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman) have a love affair with Manny Pacquiao that is glaringly obvious and frankly embarrassing at times.

Pacquiao hits Pacquiao with a right hand during their first fight.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley on June 9th, 2012.

Between the crowd and the announce table, you may have thought Pacquiao was having the best fight of his life. This was not accurate however. 

Bradley jabbed and boxed well for most of the match, managing to slightly neutralize Pacquiao’s dangerous left. Every time Pacquiao came after him, Bradley responded with his own offense, throwing effective combinations. He also slipped or blocked a lot of Pacquiao’s punches, but the crowd still cheered as though they had landed. Overall, he might not have been winning the fight, but Bradley was certainly in it.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley I (Takeaways)

  • By punch stats alone, Pacquiao clearly won the match. Total punches landed by Pacquiao 253 (34%), Bradley 159 (19%). Power punches landed by Pacquiao 190 (39%), Bradley 108 (28%). When you watch every round closely however, you notice that many rounds were much closer then the punch stats suggest.
  • Pacquiao finished a lot of rounds very strong, going on the offensive and throwing punches in bunches. A tactic that worked very well and won him many rounds.
  • Bradley boxed well most of the fight, using his jab and coming back with punches of his own anytime Pacquiao went on the attack.
  • If Bradley’s power had been enough to inflict real damage on Pacquiao it have been an entirely different match all together.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley I (Score Card)

Our score card (BOXXXING) is below. I am sure there will be many who disagree with it. Click here for a list of other fan’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley I score cards.

RDS (1-6) 01 02 03 04 05 06 TOTALS
Pacquiao 10 9 10 10 10 10 59
Bradley 10 10 9 9 9 9 53
RDS (7-12) 07 08 09 10 11 12 TOTALS
Pacquiao 10 10 9 9 10 9 116
Bradley 10 10 10 10 9 10 112