Timothy Bradley is set to fight Manny Pacquiao for the third and final time on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the second part of the Pacquiao-Bradley 3 preview, let’s take a look at the top five greatest wins Tim Bradley’s career so far. The first part of the Pacquiao-Bradley 3 preview about Pacquiao’s five greatest wins can be viewed by clicking here.
Ruslan Provodnikov – Mar. 16, 2013
Bradley was just coming from his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao. “Desert Storm” was looking to get his confidence back after he was blasted by the media and boxing analysts.
The Palm Springs native won a close unanimous decision against Provodnikov, but Bradley showed his heart in the fight that earned him some supporters. The bout was awarded the fight of the year by The Ring Magazine in 2013.
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Juan Manuel Marquez – Oct. 12, 2013
This was a close fight on paper with Bradley winning via split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez. In reality, the five-time world champion dominated the fight by outboxing “Dinamita.” Bradley controlled the fight as well as landed more shots.
Marquez went into the fight coming off his KO victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012. He was the favorite to win over the American boxer, but Bradley proved that he’s a legitimate champion.
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Jessie Vargas – June 27, 2015
Vargas was undefeated at 26-0 and one of the best prospects in the world when he faced Tim Bradley last year. The ending of the match was controversial when referee Pat Russell looked like he stopped the fight when Bradley was rocked by Vargas with about several seconds remaining.
Apparently Russell thought that the 10-second warning was the sound of the bell. The match went into the scorecard instead with Bradley winning by a unanimous decision. It was the right call because the 32-year-old was clearly better throughout the fight with the exception of the final round.
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Lamont Peterson – Dec. 12, 2009
Bradley’s win over Lamont Peterson in 2009 was the biggest win of his career at that point. Both fighters were undefeated heading into the fight, but “Desert Storm” was far the better boxer. He dominated the fight and even knocked down Peterson in the third round.
Manny Pacquiao – June 9, 2012
If not for the controversy surrounding this fight, this would top Bradley’s greatest career win. Instead of being the next big thing in boxing, Bradley was vilified for his win over Pacquiao and is still trying to earn the respect of fans and boxing pundits.
On paper, it’s still a split decision win for Bradley. He lost the second fight without any controversy, but he has another chance to defeat “Pacman” on April 9 when they meet for the final time.
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