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Originally published April 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM | Page modified April 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

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Manny Pacquiao avenges loss with win over Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Saturday night, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.


The Associated Press

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LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Saturday night, avenging his 2012 loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.

Pacquiao (56-5-2) pursued and peppered the previously unbeaten Bradley around the MGM Grand Garden ring with an aggressive performance recalling the Pacman in his prime. Bradley fought back with counterpunching and elusiveness, but Pacquiao kept up his attack while Bradley (31-1) struggled down the stretch.

Pacquiao left no doubt about the rematch in the same arena where they met nearly two years ago. Bradley’s split-decision victory astonished most ringside observers, who felt Pacquiao had earned a clear decision.

Judges Craig Metcalfe and Michael Pernick scored it 116-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Trowbridge favored the Filipino congressman 118-110.

The Associated Press scored it 116-112 for Pacquiao.

On the undercard, Jessie Vargas claimed the WBA 140-pound title with a narrow unanimous decision over Khabib Allakhverdiev.

Ray Beltran easily outpointed Arash Usmanee, while Bryan Vasquez edged Jose Felix in a 130-pound bout.

In a meeting of previously unbeaten fighters, Vargas (24-0) squeaked out a decision in a tough technical fight in his hometown, beating his Dagestani-born Russian opponent by scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 115-113.

Allakhverdiev (19-1) appeared to control the early rounds but took significant damage to both eyes.

“I want a rematch, and I want it right away,” said Allakhverdiev.



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