Mendoza: Pastureland a distance away from Pacquiao-A A +A
Monday, April 14, 2014
THE victory was convincing enough if we go by rounds won by Manny Pacquiao. With judges Michael Pernick and Craig Metcalf giving Pacquiao eight rounds each (116-112), Glenn Trowbridge’s call of doling out 10 rounds to PacMan (118-110) had him quickly translating the fight into a charity event.
I can’t blame Trowbridge for his generosity; Pacquiao had been so dominant virtually throughout the fight that if he had gotten all 12 rounds from the three judges, he’d be justified. Only the doubting Thomases in our midst would have disagreed. “Blessed are those who haven’t watched the fight and yet, they believed.”
Now, if only for the record, I scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao as I gave three rounds to Timothy Bradley. Bradley had earned all three (fourth, fifth and 11th) without question and, to be honest, close shaves as they were, the American deserved each of my three nods. I am hard to please, you know. Go, ask Charlie Erojo, if not RSA.
I had seriously contemplated on giving Bradley a fourth round—the 12th—but at the last minute, I changed my mind. Maybe that’s where I disagreed with Pernick and Metcalf?
The 12th was thoroughly a close round and if only Pacquiao had not landed at least two clear shots to the face, Bradley would have earned my yes.
But then, as they say, it’s all water under the bridge now.
Pacquiao had just pocketed his second straight victory in four fights in the last 22 months, not by knockout as many had wished, yes, but still, it was a well-crafted victory.
The win was all the more remarkable if we take cognizance of the fact Bradley had become a totally retooled fighter, who improved almost tenfold the last time Pacquiao fought him—and lost, nay, controversially—in June 2012.
Bradley, 30, even appeared to have almost knocked down, if not knocked out, Pacquiao with a powerful overhead right to the chin in the fourth.
So, I take it back. No, Pacquiao isn’t due for retirement. N’yet. The way he fought on Sunday, his 35-year-old legs, fists, can still hack it. Also, now I know why Bradley’s unbeaten in 31 fights before the rematch: His chin is made of granite.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 15, 2014.