Manny Pacquiao surprised many on Saturday evening, myself including by defeating Timothy Bradley on points.
Pacquiao rolled back the clock, displaying rapid hand-speed, slick footwork to defeat the narrow favourite Bradley.
This isn’t the Pac Man of old and it’s apparent he has made clear adjustments in light of the Marquez defeat to ensure he can still box at optimum level.
Desert Storm was poor by his standards and Joel Diaz spoke post-fight stating that Bradley had injured his calf-muscle which would account for his lack of mobility in the contest.
More entertaining than the fight was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s rant at the MGM Grand over the advertising of Mayweather v Maidana “The Moment” which takes places on May 3rd.
Pacquiao Bradley 2 was sponsored by Mexican beer Tecate, Mayweather sponsored by Corona to add some further animosity on the subject.
Post-fight Arum was vocal again stating that fans should boycott buying The Moment PPV and tickets to the bout, to “force” Mayweather’s hand in facing Pacquiao.
When questioned by British Journalist Gareth Davies on Floyd, Pacquiao looked over at Arum before answering like a young-child to a disciplinarian dad and gave a rehearsed response.
The fight is highly unlikely to happen, so attention will turn to the winner of Marquez v Alvarado for the 35 yr old, likely to Marquez v Pacquiao V… yawn.
In a challenging evening for Frank Warren fighters, both Tony Conquest and starlet Frank Buglioni lost on Saturday evening.
Conquest (13-2: 5KO’s) was knocked out by Ovil McKenzie in the fifth round and subsequently lost the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title in the process.
McKenzie was knocked down in the 3rd and 5th after taking some huge shots.
Frank “WiseGuy” Buglioni surrendered his Super-Middle WBO European title to Sergey Khomitsky with the fight being stopped in the 6th.
Buglioni’s corner called a halt to the contest to prevent the prospect from taking any further punishment. I was disappointed that the ref didn’t stop the fight before as he was taking too many clean shots without responding.
You have to credit Buglioni for demonstrating a granite chin, he absorbed some severe punishment from the Belarusian who took Martin Murray the distance in December.
Whilst it is a significant setback for the Enfield man, he has time on his side to come back and regroup.
Performance of the night belonged to Welterweight Bradley Skeete with a 7th round TKO against Giuseppe Loriga to retain the WBA Intercontinental title.
Skeete picked the experienced Loriga apart over the duration and took his undefeated record to 16-0.
Super-Middle Chris Eubank Jnr extended his unbeaten record to 14-0 winning via a comfortable stoppage against Hungarian Sandor Micsko.
Eubank Jnr with the shadow of his father ever lurking, barely got out of 2nd gear. He has received much criticism for mimicking his father too much, almost on the scale of Jaden Smith imitating his father Will Smith.
What is apparent is that Eubank Jnr possesses some real talent, a clear athlete who can box on the inside and out. I would like to see him really tested, perhaps against Billy-Joe Saunders, should Saunders move up to 168lbs.
Saunders has called out Eubank Jnr on Twitter and it is a fight that can be made easily by Warren.
Until a real test is presented against Eubank Jnr, I will reserve my judgement on him. He spars with George Groves holding his own and allegedly cracked a rib of Nathan Cleverly so the power is undoubtedly there.
Rise Up, Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Scott Quigg has had a late change of opponent in the headline show for this bout, he will now defend the WBA Super-Bantamweight title against Tshifhiwa Munya as opposed to Nehomar Cermeno who has experienced visa problems.
Quigg needs to put on a startling performance and I really hope we see him against Kiko Martinez or another top Super-Bantamweight fighter as I feel he is somewhat treading water currently.
The 25yr old has been extremely active since joining Matchroom from Hatton Promotions, but I do feel the time is nigh for him to fight in America or bring a unification bout to Manchester.
On a stacked card, we have Anthony Crolla and John Murray in an all Manchester bout that will separate the crowd on who to support.
Utd fan v City fan, Joe Gallagher fighter v ex-Joe Gallagher fighter, both men should despise one another, but they don’t.
There is a genuine friendship between them, but this will be put to one-side on Saturday night as they contest for the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title.
Tyler Goodjohn faces Tyrone Nurse for the vacant English Light-Welter title, El Tornado to some may start off as the under-dog against the higher-ranked Nurse for this bout.
Having seen Goodjohn train and spar personally first-hand, I would write him off at your peril as he is exceptionally game for this career-defining fight.
I fancy Goodjohn to stop Nurse late.
Josh Warrington is in action for the Commonwealth Featherweight title against former World title challenger and warhorse Rendall Munroe.
I’m excited to see Callum Smith returns to the ring finally following injury. Smith is one of my favourite prospects in the country and has the tools to go all the way.
Give it 18mths and he could be in the mix of the Froch, Groves and DeGale drama.
To continue the boxing freight train of fights we have to spectate, the attention turns this weekend to the DC Armory in Washington for the below card.
Kell Brook will no doubt be paying particular attention to the Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi fight.
Bernard Hopkins v Beibut Shumenov
THE IBF AND WBA SUPER WORLD LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Peter Quillin v Lukas Konechy
THE WBO WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Shawn Porter v Paulie Malignaggi
THE IBF WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP