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LAS VEGAS -- This time there was no doubt. Even Timothy Bradley had to agree that Manny Pacquiao defeated him fair and square.
And unlike the June 2012 first bout, there was no argument from the judges. They gave Pacquiao the unanimous decision after a skillful exhibition of speed, power and footwork.
Their scores were 116-112 twice and 118-110.
On this night, Bradley really had no answer for Pacquiao and admitted as much after the fight.
"I tried, I really tried," Bradley said. "I really wanted that knockout. Manny is a great fighter on of the best in the world. I tried throwing something over the top. I knew I had to do more in this fight than the last fight."
While Bradley threw more punches than Pacquiao, he connected on fewer, and was often lunging at Pacquiao, swinging wildly and missing.
Bradley said he pulled a calf muscle in the first round and his trainer, Joel Diaz said, "Once that happened, I knew there was really nothing to work with."
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said: "It seemed like Tim Bradley was going for a one-punch knockout. He was swinging for the fences."
Pacquiao was careful not to get caught by a punch as he did in 2012 against Juan Manuel Marquez that knocked him out cold. "I didn't want to get careless.
Pacquiao said he could fight for another two years and said he wouldn't mind a fifth fight with Marquez next. Marquez knocked him out in December 2012. "But it's up to my promoter Bob Arum."
Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) said he was not too down after his first loss. "Life goes on and I'll just get back to the gym."
On the undercard,
-- Jessie Vargas defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev by unanimous decision to win the Russian's WBA super lightweight title and remain undefeated. Vargas, from Las Vegas, won by scores of 115-113 twice and 117-111 in a fight that appeared much closer. Vargas improved to 24-0 with 9 KOs, while Allakhverdiev suffered his first loss and is 19-1 with 9 KOs/
--Bryan Vasquez, of San Jose, Costa Rica, handed Jose Felix of Mexico his first loss with a unanimous decision victory. Vasquez retained his WBA interim super featherweight title with the win and improved to 34-1 with 17 KOs. Felix fell to 26-1-1 (21 KOs). He had a point deducted in the ninth round for low blows, and was cut by an accidental head butt in the 11th. Vasquez landed 84 of his 184 power shots to Felix's body.