Manny Pacquiao is hit by undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters
Manny Pacquiao admitted that he got hurt when he got hit by Timothy Bradley’s haymaker midway their recent WBO welterweight title bout.
Pacquiao was repeatedly tagging Bradley with right jabs in the fourth round when the American ducked low and swung back with a rocket right hook that landed on the Filipino’s chin.
The impact was quite powerful that it buckled the Filipino’s knees.
“He got me in the fourth round and I saw stars,” Pacquiao told ESPN’s Gilbert Osuna shortly after the fight.
Fortunately, Bradley had none of Juan Manuel Marquez’s one-punch knockout power. That punch was almost the same shot that Marquez used to stop a rampaging Pacquiao in their fourth clash.
The Filipino fighter regrouped after the fourth round, showing off his defensive skills and outboxing Bradley.
“I listened to my corner, he said, ‘Hands up, don't get careless and keep boxing,’” said Pacquiao.
The 35-year-old Pinoy admitted that Bradley has showed improvement since their first meeting in 2012.
He also said that he tried to go for the knockout, but noted that Bradley was well-conditioned in that bout.
“My opponent is very tough, he improved a lot. I'm trying to go for a knockout and he's very tough,” said Pacquiao.
Save for the nasty cut he suffered seconds before the end of the bout, the Filipino superstar didn't sustain heavy damage from Bradley.
The fighting congressman is due to return to the Philippines this Friday. He will head straight to General Santos City to be with his wife, Jinkee, who is due to give birth to their fifth child.