Manny Pacquiao Regains WBO Welterweight Belt by Unanimous Decision; Is a Mayweather Bout Next?

By Vittorio Hernandez | April 13, 2014 3:49 PM EST

The question who is the better boxer between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley was settled on Saturday with the unanimous decision by the Filipino eight division titleholder over the American boxer who suffered his first defeat.

The scorecards were 116-112 and 118-110 in favor of Pacquiao who regained the WBO welterweight title from Bradley and improved his record to 56-5-2.

The rematch also ends all speculation if Bradley indeed deserved the title due to the controversial first match in June 2012 which earned the American boxer the ire of boxing fans, causing him to even contemplate committing suicide.

Commenting on his loss, Bradley said, “I lost one fight. The war is not over. I gotta go back to the gym and get better,” quoted by GMA News.

In a surprise move compared to his dissing Pacquiao in the pre-fight, Bradley congratulated Pacquiao for the good fight. Also, Pacquiao’s mother, Dionesia, went up the ring and hugged both her son and Bradley after the fight.

Fil-Am singer Jessica Sanchez sang the Philippine national anthem, while American singer Ashanti rendered the U.S. national anthem.