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Pacquiao Loses Close Decision To Bradley In Hotly Contested Title Fight – A November Rematch Contemplated

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met the night of June 9, 2012, for the first time in the ring. Pacquiao arrived about twenty minutes late while Bradley waited nervously in the waiting area. This act alone did not help Manny with the ring officials and judges. By the end of the fight, the scoring was slightly in Bradley’s favor by winning 115:113 on the Ford and Ross cards and 115-113 on Roth’s card. There were many boos from the crowd after the split decision was announced.

Only the 10th round went solidly in Bradley’s favor by all three judges. Clearly, this was Bradley’s best round. Pacquiao was less aggressive in the last three rounds and this may have cost him the fight. In addition, Bradley threw straight body punches; whereas, Pacquiao threw a number of flurries which may have been difficult for the judges to score uniformly because the positioning of the body changes in unpredictable formations.

Pacquiao threw straight lefts which confused Bradley in the first and second rounds. Bradley didn’t move his head enough in the third round. By the fourth round, Bradley did not have enough fire power to keep Pacquiao off. He traded too much with Pacquiao in the fifth round. This was a mistake because Bradley has a slight power deficit to Pacquiao. By the end of the fifth round, Pacquiao had quite a bit of blood from a cut tongue. By the seventh round, Bradley looked tired and discouraged.

In the ninth round, Pacquiao landed straight lefts. He had a good defense and Bradley’s timing was way off at some points. Pacquiao clearly landed more punches. The tenth round was Bradley’s best round by all accounts. Pacquiao appeared to be less aggressive in the last two rounds, although his straight left hand dominated most of the fight. Overall, Pacquiao landed ninety four more punches than Bradley and amazingly still lost the fight.

In the post-fight interview, Bradley stated that he would have to see the tapes before commenting any further. Pacquiao took the loss with grace, although his family and corner were clearly disappointed. Both fighters were predisposed to having a November rematch.

In any rematch, Pacquiao needs to stay engaged for the entire fight. In addition, he needs to throw more straight jabs instead of wild flurries which could confuse the judges as to how many punches actually landed. Lastly, Pacquiao needs to arrive on time like his opponent did. Bradley needs to do more running and less exercises that emphasize muscle mass. His monster muscles may get in the way of projecting fast punching power in the ring. Overall, the fight was lively and engaging right up to the close of round twelve.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.