Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao reclaimed his WBO welterweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas after decisively defeating reigning champion Timothy Bradley.

Manny Pacquiao Wins Back Title

Pacquiao, 35, who many thought was past his prime, received winning scores from all three judges – two had the scores down as 116-112 and one had the bout marked 118-110. Pacquiao’s record is now 56-5.

Two years ago, Bradley controversially beat Pacquiao by split decision. Pacquiao went on to get knocked out in his follow up match against Juan Manuel Marquez, but started to see an upswing last November when he was able to best up-and-comer Brandon Rios.

Bradley, the American boxer who was previously undefeated, graciously accepted his defeat to Pacquiao."I tried, I really tried," Bradley said after the match, according to USA Today Sports. "I really wanted that knockout. Manny is a great fighter, one of the best in the world. I tried throwing something over the top. I knew I had to do more in this fight than the last fight."

Despite suffering a gash over his left eye that required 32 stiches, Pacquiao was in joyous spirits following the match, believing it proved he still has quite a lot of fight left in him.

"I think I can go another two years," said the welterweight champion. "I'm so happy to be world champion again. Tim Bradley was not an easy fight."

– Chelsea Regan

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