Manny Pacquiao joined Floyd Mayweather Jr. in retirement Saturday night, less than a year after they produced the best-selling prizefight in history.
In beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pacquiao accomplished most of what he wanted in his return to the ring since saying he underwent right shoulder surgery following his disappointing showing against the unbeaten Mayweather.
The southpaw flashed his old power, scoring a disputed seventh-round knockdown and then sending Bradley to the canvas again in the ninth by blasting him on the chin.
“He looked like he was looking for the knockout. It was good to see the old Manny Pacquiao,” his trainer, Freddie Roach, said at the post-fight news conference. “He hasn’t slowed down a bit. No signs of wear and tear. When I see Manny aggressive, that’s the best Manny Pacquiao.