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There’s no doubt about Manny Pacquiao becoming the better boxer after 12 grueling rounds of trading leather with undefeated American prizefighter known as the “Desert Storm” for the take two of their first encounter two years ago. Pacquiao outclassed Bradley in a fight many were expecting the Desert Storm was supposed to carry out instead against the rumored declining state of the Filipino champion. Pacquiao won by wide margins on all three score cards; it was a unanimous decision. The Pacman has now become more of a refined, smarter fighter that even without pulling a knockout for the win, which was supposed to happen, was enough to expose the Desert Storm hyperbole which did not even belong to his level.
Manny has now his controversial loss, two years ago, to the same man he has just cleanly outpointed inside the ring, avenged. Bradley will sure bounce back from that loss but not against Pacman again. A rematch with the Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov would be one best option for him. He must take his time, he’s only 30. Besides, that was only his first loss no matter how controversial the result of his first fight with Pacquiao has become. Marquez is longing for a rematch with him also, so why not give the Mexican “Dinamita” a chance to redeem a loss and clear things out between them.
Pacquiao will have a lot of options waiting for him next if he still wants to continue fighting, and that could also mean he will become a hundred million dollars richer. A fifth fight with arc nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, Ruslan Provodnikov, and Floyd Mayweather junior, will be good for the sport. Floyd Mayweather junior should be fighting Pacquiao before he decides to hang up the gloves because if he won’t, there’s always a question that would link about him not fighting the best of his era.