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I would score this fight a draw (115 – 115). I am a fan of neither fighter, so I consider my observation to be quite neutral. Bradley clearly won rounds 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 (all 10 – 9 rounds to Bradley). Provodnikkov clearly knocked Bradley down in rounds 1 and 12 (both 10 – 8 rounds to Provodnikov in my opinion). Round 2 was so one sidedly brutal that I would certainly also make that a 10 – 8 round for Provodnikov. Provodnikov clearly won round 6, but it was not one sided and brutal enough to be a 10 – 8 round (I scored it 10 – 9 to Provodnikov). I had round 11 as a draw, Provodnikov hurt Bradley a few times in that round, but Bradley did outbox Provodnikov for a lot of that round. Bradley did generally out land Povodnikov, but Provodnikov never really looked hurt. Provodnikov really hurt Bradley at many points during the fight. The judges had Bradley winning by a point, which is not a robbery as I had it a draw.

Posted March 23, 2013 6:37 am 


IMHO this bs with networks and promoters is what’s killing boxing. No more great match ups just inhouse nonsense thats been recycled.

Posted March 22, 2013 6:38 pm 


Exiled Yank – Pac vs Bradley2 would be nothing more than another recycled inhouse con to scam fans off their dollars.

Posted March 22, 2013 6:36 pm 

Exiled Yank

Holy crap! poof = proof Oh, the irony!

Posted March 22, 2013 1:50 pm 

Exiled Yank

I really need to poof before posting: “MP was getting the better of JMM”

Posted March 22, 2013 1:09 pm 

Exiled Yank

I think MP Bradley is the way to go. I thought MP was getting the better of MP in their last fight (he hadn’t looked that good against JMM since the first few rounds of their first fight) until he got put to sleep. Bradley got an undeserved decision against MP and MP needs to redeem himself in a big way, they are both recovering from concussions, and neither guy has that many options (according to Arum), so make it happen Arum! This fight can be sold as “Redemption” for both men, and they both need a big win right now.

Posted March 22, 2013 1:08 pm 

te tumbo

HIDALGO, wheher it was avoiding the red-hot rematch v. Marquez or leapfrogging from feather to welter (tune-up vs. the lesser Diaz at lightweight notwithstanding), the promotional formula remains the same: preserve and juice the marketability of a fighter with a national fanbase. moreover, the calculating constant between promoters is Roach who has shamelessly described the presumed lack of or diminished fighting ability of Pacquiao* opponents as the basis for the mismatchup. it’s been hidden in plain in sight all along for true fight-fans to see and fanboys to rationalize and apologize for, i.e., suit yourself. i’ve ALways condemned Pacquiao* as a protected cash-cow who avoided the most legitimate paths to his bogus catchweight titles.

Posted March 22, 2013 10:47 am 


Calling Mayweather a cherrypicker when he chooses to fight a much younger 6 times, 4 division champion at a ripe ol age of 36 where other ATG n GOAT were either retired or their skills had deterioted substantially simply proves his greatness. Can’t these haters see that they are infact giving the man his due or they just too stupid to know the difference.

Posted March 22, 2013 7:14 am 

Dan the Man

A rematch would attract so many more viewers. Arum’s mistake

Posted March 22, 2013 1:25 am 


“it’s what’s kept Punkuiao* viable all these years and even after being victimized by the #1 KO in Boxing history. ” Te tumbo, it’s important to remember that Pacquiao has been a champion in numerous weight divisions. Arum has exerted the most control over him as a welterweight.

Posted March 21, 2013 9:51 pm 


Bradley deserves another big money fight after that performance! Instead of boxing this guy like he should have, he throws caution to the wind and bangs with a banger, and he does it in the opening rounds. He survives, recovers, manages to stay upright, then goes on to out-punch and out-land his opponent over 12 rounds. Simply amazing! Previous to this fight, he out-boxes Pacquiao and barely suffers a nick on his face while doing it. Yep, Tim Bradley deserves a crack at Marquez.

Posted March 21, 2013 9:29 pm 

The Prince

Of course Arum won’t allow a rematch. Those two guys nearly killed each other in that fight, and both are still marketable for future fights. Boxing is a business and it’s about making money. Which is why I laugh at hypocrite boxing fans that claim one fighter is “cherry-picking” while making excuses when their favorite fighter does the same.

Posted March 21, 2013 9:21 pm 

Tomato Can

If Bradley’s going to stay at 147, he should fight a Mallenaggi type fighter next, just to see how he bounces back from the punishment he just recived. Hopefully Provodnikov, will get some more good matches. If he’s still around in about a year or two, maybe the rematch can happen then. But there’s no reason to waste these two’s careers on one another, when there are plenty of good matches out there for both of them. I would like to see both guys fight on.

Posted March 21, 2013 9:07 pm 

Tomato Can

This was probably best for Bradley. Hey Eastside, thanks for finxing the messager. Much better!

Posted March 21, 2013 9:00 pm 


Agree 101

Posted March 21, 2013 8:36 pm 

Boxing 101

Provodnikov clearly won rounds 1, 2, 6, 11 and 12. Three of those rounds should’ve been scored 10-8 for Ruslan due to two knockdowns (rounds 1 & 12) and TB being badly hurt, totally out on his feet, and held up by the ropes in another round. That means the fight should’ve been scored 113-112 for Provo and TB should’ve taken his second loss in row. Arum won’t allow the rematch because he knows damn well his shine-boy will get KO’d again. Arum is one of the major reasons with why the big fights everyone wants to see aren’t being made. Can’t wait until that greedy old J-Boy kicks the bucket!

Posted March 21, 2013 7:19 pm 


Boxing is a business and while it was a barnburner, Bradley won unanimously and Prov brings NO money to the table!!!!! Bradley has made some BAD financial choices he reminds me of JMM back fighting Chris John… He passed on a Khan payday and Peterson for 2.3 million…Yes he got the Pacquiao fight but he has left money on the table… Fighting this guy at this juncture of his career brings no additional benefits, he slugged it out, showed he was TOUGH as nails and got the “W” move on and make some $$$$$$$

Posted March 21, 2013 5:02 pm 

Fight Aficionado

I think most of us would like to see the rematch but it does make sense for Bradley if he can get one of these other 3 guys in the ring. Even if it was a disputed win, Saturday’s fight buoyed his status after it went into the toilet with that Pac train wreck. Now he’s back up there.

Posted March 21, 2013 3:03 pm 


The cash cow almost went out the window . . .

Posted March 21, 2013 1:59 pm 


NOW we know why the PAC vs Mayweather fight didn’t happen.

Posted March 21, 2013 1:35 pm 


Its called self preservation. Arum knows that his Fighters overall are LESSER than Golden Boys. What really started their cold war is when Mosley beat Margarito and then Hopkins beat Pavlik. After that Arum realized that its not GOOD business to face Golden Boy and let them directly drop the stock of his Fighters. SO now he only will face Golden Boy Fighters IF they drop Golden Boy and give him the option to promote their next Fight should they WIN….And now He’s gotten HBO to agree with him on his self serving ways. Pitiful.

Posted March 21, 2013 1:08 pm 

E in Denver

Arum is a turd. Everybody likes to see a fight live & it is expensive to purchase 2 PPVs in one night. With the increasing price tag on PPVs that is close to $150 for one night just to stay home & watch TV not including taxes or subscription. This is a true insight into the mind of a promoter, Greed followed by indignation, followed by indifference.

Posted March 21, 2013 12:40 pm 

te tumbo

careful management and matchmaking is the Arum hallmark. it’s what’s kept Punkuiao* viable all these years and even after being victimized by the #1 KO in Boxing history. not to mention the Biggest Choke in Boxing history. in both cases, Arum took Manny* by the hand and carefully but firmly escorted him past the riskiest comp and primary P4P rivals. in fact, Marquez v. Pacquiao* V is like trying to restart the rivalry v. a 40-year-old Marquez. fortunately, Marquez acknowledges that having achieved “the desired [and ultimate] result”, the thrill is gone; the rivalry is OVER; Marquez IS Greater. a matchup and convincing win v. Bradley would place an “!” on this part of Marquez’s ATG ring-legacy and provide a fitting epilogue to the Marquez v. Pacquiao* rivalry. fortunately(?) for Pacquiao* there is still Rios, Alvarado, Mathysse, Provodnikov, and Broner for him to redeem his shattered profile against. (lol) the running and ducking is Over. Pacquiao* will finally have to compete v. the best to regain his previous stature and marketability . . . How sweeeet it is.

Posted March 21, 2013 12:21 pm 

MNboxingFAN – Sean

Radio Rahim seems like a good guy and I’ve really enjoyed him in previous interviews I’ve watched. I felt bad Arum was letting him have it a bit in this one. Great points by both.

Posted March 21, 2013 12:09 pm 


how about talking about trying to come together with goldenboy to match up some very mouth watering fights for the fans mr Bob ,he always trying to be competitive and sound like its war against oscar n company….git a grip man its about the fans…eazy!

Posted March 21, 2013 11:50 am 

Eleanore the Hag

Traveller.. Old Yank is no longer on ESB.

Posted March 21, 2013 11:24 am 


The stock on both of these guys is high right now. It makes more sense to put them in other fights. Regardless of what happens in the meantime, interest in the rematch probably won’t wane very much, so they (and Arum) can still cash in down the line.

Posted March 21, 2013 10:33 am 


Pity Ruslan can’t be given a fight against PM for an easy payday.

Posted March 21, 2013 8:35 am 



Posted March 21, 2013 8:00 am 


Both guys need a long rest and both deserve big paydays. Sadly, Bradley is the only one in position to get one.

Posted March 21, 2013 7:47 am 


This guy will destroy boxing.

Posted March 21, 2013 4:02 am 


the difference is that Bradley is a fresh cash cow and Pac’s chips were being cashed in, to early in Bradley relationship with top rank to sell him out already in case he gets KO’d.

Posted March 21, 2013 3:30 am 

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