Pac Man’s unanimous decision dispelled all doubts that Father Time had caught up with the 35 year-old Filipino fighter.
Pacquiao, now 56-5-2 with 38 KO’s, outperformed Bradley, now 31-1 with 12 KO’s, on a number of fronts. He connected on 35% or 198 of 563 total punches thrown and outranked Bradley in overall power punches 176 – 98 connected.
Last night’s Pacquiao win serves as redemption of sorts for Pac Man. Many boxing fans thought Pacquiao had passed his prime and would not be able to reclaim the championship belt that they believed was robbed from him in his 2012 title bout against Bradley. Pacquiao shockingly lost in a highly controversial split decision.
However, the eight division world champion boxer quieted all critics by displaying his quick and powerful punching excellence in the ring last night. Even the dethroned Bradley graciously conceded that the challenger (Pacquiao) won the fight, “He was a better man tonight. Dude still has it.”
However, a giant question remains that will only be answered outside the ropes. Will Pacquiao still have it, namely the purported $20 million guaranteed purse, from last night’s title bout?
Well, not if the Philippines’ Bureau of Revenue or the American IRS have their way as each agency formally has Pacquiao under audit.
Both tax collecting agencies may soon arise as the fiercest threat the boxer has ever faced in his long career. The Filipino is believed to owe as much as $50 million in back taxes.
Although Pacquiao’s business advisor Michael Koncz is confident his client’s tax problems will be resolved, the boxing world braces just how powerful a financial pucnh Pac man will take on the chin.
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