LAS VEGAS, United States — Manny Pacquiao scored an emphatic victory over American Tim Bradley here Saturday, sealing his 21-year professional career with a vintage performance in his farewell to boxing. Photos by Ed Mulholland/HBO.

Pacquiao, fighting for the first time since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather last May in the “Fight of the Century”, knocked down Bradley twice on his way to a comfortable unanimous decision.

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The judges’ scorecards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena told the story of Pacquiao’s dominance in the non-title welterweight duel, with the 37-year-old eight-division world champion winning by identical margins of 116-110 on all three cards.

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Pacquiao had insisted Saturday’s bout — the 66th of his career — will be his final fight before he concentrates on his political career in the Philippines, where he is seeking election to the Senate next month.

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Many ring-watchers however are sceptical, believing he may well be tempted to extend a career which has seen him earn more than $500 million.

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Asked afterwards if he planned to stay retired, Pacquiao replied: “I think so. I’ve made a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this.

“Maybe I enjoy being a retired man, serving the people, helping the people,” added, before giving a farewell message to his fans.

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“Thank you to all the fans in boxing, especially the Filipino people. I’ve really appreciated all your help and support.”

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Pacquiao had promised an explosive performance and was as good as his word for long periods, uncorking some trademark combinations to overwhelm Bradley.

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“Bradley is a good boxer, he’s a champion, he’s a man. It was not easy tonight,” Pacquiao said, shortly before a warm embrace in the ring which concluded with the two fighters arranging to meet for breakfast on Sunday.

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