It’s the rematch that can erase memories from the first fight. It’s the rematch that’s supposed to correct the mistakes often seen in the first fight between boxers. This rematch did exacty that. With scores of 118-110 and two scores of 116-112 Pacquiao proved at 35 that he was the better fighter not only on this night, but also in their previous fight.
Manny hardly noticed the blood on his eye that occurred from an accidental head butt at the end of the 12th round as he was smiling and congratulated in the winner’s circle once again. A remarkable performance has finally corrected one of the worst decisions in boxing history when Manny and Bradley first faced off, with Bradley getting an absurd decision on from judges.
Manny’s best fights are more than likely behind him with this last decision cementing a general consensus that he’s fought everyone there is to fight outside of Golden Boy fighter’s and Floyd Mayweather.
After the fight Manny announced he probably has two years left in the sport. At two fights per year, we could expect to see up to another four fights with the next being against the winner of the Marquez/Alvarado fight that takes place May 17th. Beyond that a possible triology isn’t out of the question with Bradley as the Top Rank stable isn’t very deep. Other options include younger yet easier competition in Jessie Vargas and Khabib Allekhverdiev.
Manny could easily retire right now with his spot in the Hall of Fame sealed. His future fights are strictly for pride and money. A farewell fight in Manilla may not be out of the question either. Soundly beating an undefeated and top pound-for-pound champion Saturday night is impressive for any fighter around Manny’s age. No one can take away from his accomplished career.