Boxing weekend review: Bradley beats Casamayor
We look back at the best of the weekend's boxing, including Timothy Bradley's defeat of Joel Casamayor
Boxer of the weekend
Timothy Bradley. Fighting for the first time since January, unbeaten American Timothy Bradley took apart former three weight world champion Joel Casamayor on the undercard of Pacquiao v Marquez. It was also the WBO light-welterweight title holder’s first knockout victory since 2007 and first fight with new promotional company Top Rank. Not a bad way to remind the boxing world of your talents. Casamayor was dropped in the fifth, seemingly pushed to the canvas in the sixth and then smashed around the ring until his corner threw in the towel in the eigth. It was an impressive performance by Bradley, becoming just the second man to stop the Cuban veteran, but Casamayor, now 40, is no longer the threat he once was. Bradley needs to get back in the ring soon, ideally against Amir Khan, to prove that he is the best at 140 pounds. A victory over Khan, who has a huge following in Britain and abroad, would give Bradley the exposure he so desperately craves.
Fight of the weekend
Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez. Any fight Manny Pacquiao is involved in will always attract huge media attention and his third bout aganst Juam Manuel Marquez on Saturday night in Las Vegas was no different. This time the Filipino icon only managed to edge out a controverisal majority decision against his great rival, the score cards reading 115-113, 116-112 and 114-114, and many in the crowd and at ringside felt it could have gone the Mexican’s way. It was an entertaining bout but one which was unable to match the excitement and drama of their earlier meetings. Much like their previous bouts, the two men were competitive throughout as they went the entire distance for the third time, Pacquiao throwing more punches, Marquez landing the more impressive blows. However, there were no knock downs and neither fighter was ever in trouble in the bout. For Marquez it was a bitter way to end the trilogy, with his best official result against arguably the best boxer in the world being a draw. Pacquiao acknowledged his opponent’s talents and can feel lucky to hold two wins over the Mexican legend.
Knockout of the weekend
Tyson Fury. After picking his hulking frame off the canvas for the first time in his professional career on Saturday night in Manchester, Tyson Fury proceeded to extend his perfect record. Against Canadian heavyweight champion Nevan Pajkic, Fury was dropped in the second round by a huge right hand and looked dazed as he climbed back to his feet. However, in the next round the 6ft9 British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion began asserting himself on his opponent and floored Pajkic after a barrage of clubbing shots. Rising back to his feet, Pajkic was floored again and the referee stepped in to call an end to the bout. The stoppage was controversial as Pajkic appeared willing and able to carry on, but having been floored twice in quick succession it appeared only a matter of time until Fury ended the bout permanently. It was not the champion’s most impressive knockout victory, but it showed, against an opponent who had never been dropped, that he is starting to develop true heavyweight punching power.
Decision of the weekend
Pacquiao to take test. Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has told the US media that his fighter will take the stringent medical tests Floyd Mayweather Jr. demands in order to make the super fight. “We don’t want to make an issue with anything for drug testing. We’ll do the drug testing with the outside agency even though, personally, I believe it to be stupid. We’re calling his bluff. He keeps running around screaming, ‘Take the tests.’ OK, we’ll take the tests. Just to get the fight done.” If this is true it is great news for boxing fans as it means the sport’s two best fighters could face each other very soon. Of course, we have heard all this before regarding Pacquiao and Mayweather – and no one should get too excited until both men are in the ring. However, there appears to be little left to fight over reagrding negotiations and in light of Pacquiao’s less-than-stellar performace against Marquez, Mayweather may now be more inclined to sign for the bout.