Originally Posted by Dr Rumack
And his flurries were generally ineffective too, especially as the fight wore on.
The impression I've been left with after a few watches is that Pacquiao didn't look capable of getting to Bradley more often. He just wasn't able to close the distance effectively against a guy who was making him work to do so.
People say Bradley just 'back-pedalled' but he didn't. He was making Pacquiao overextend in order to create counter-punching opportunities. And when Pacquiao lunged he stepped around him and threw combinations.
Bradley wasn't landing a lot of clean shots either, no question about it. But he was controlling the nature of the fight in the closing six rounds, and he was working for three minutes. Manny was generally doing nothing except plodding around after Bradley in a lot of those rounds. Wild flurries don't make up for two and a half minutes of inactivity.
This is basically how I saw the fight. Bradley won down the stretch. First half of the fight, he was having trouble with Pacquiaos rhythem, but then he got his timing down, and stopped getting hit and outboxed him down the stretch.