On June 9, 2012, boos rained down in the MGM Grand stadium after Timothy Bradley scored a split decision win over the Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, and while Bradley would go on to take wins over the likes of Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez Pacquiao would be knocked out by the latter in vicious fashion leaving the boxing world wondering if he would ever be the same fighter again. On November 24, 2013 all eyes were on Pacquiao as would answer the question when he faced Brandon Rios in Macau in a fight that many were watching to see if their speculations were true that Pacquiao was done, what happened however was that Pacquiao silenced the critics by putting on a boxing clinic that left Rios without an answer on how to solve Pacquiao’s boxing style, but this was only a tune up fight to Pacquiao’s true challenge, the man that had defeated him before, the man that left him humiliated on that night two years ago on June 9, 2012, the man that took his belt because of an unfair decision, Timothy Bradley. After defeating Brandon Rios at long last talks between the Pacquiao and Bradley camps began and a rematch was finalized, but this time something was different Pacquiao was no longer the champion he was now the challenger but this reversal of roles did nothing to discourage Pacquiao as used this knowledge and the slew of insults Bradley aimed at him,(calling him done and washed up after the Marquez fight), in order to train as hard as he possibly could to reclaim what was truly his the WBO Welterweight title. On April 12, 2014, Pacquiao and Bradley faced each other again with Bradley being the champion this time his confidence soaring surely Pacquiao was not the same, surely he was a man who was on the downside of his career and no longer posed a threat right, surely the critics were right about Pacquiao being finished right, oh how wrong they were?
The Filipino icon started the fight off to a somewhat rocky start having close round with Bradley and appearing to be hurt at times by the Desert Storms punches. As the fight wore on Pacquiao began fighting with a display of the same speed and skill that we saw of him in his younger days, landing straight left after straight left on the frame of Bradley. Round after round went by and it became clear that Pacquiao was not in the mood for mercy as he gave Bradley as good of a fight as he got and wouldn’t take his foot off of the pedal this time to show any mercy to his opponent who had slandered his name and career so relentlessly in the build up to the fight. When the dust cleared it as Pacquiao who through hard work determination and the will to win who defeated Bradley via a well earned UD.