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Vintage Pacquiao wins farewell fight

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LAS VEGAS, April 10: Manny Pacquiao crowned his 21-year professional career with an emphatic victory over Tim Bradley here, delivering a vintage performance before saying a farewell to boxing.

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 an unanimous decision.

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.

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

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

Yet 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,� he added, before giving a farewell message to his fans.

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

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Vintage Pacquiao wins farewell fight

LAS VEGAS, April 10: Manny Pacquiao crowned his 21-year professional career with an emphatic victory over Tim Bradley here, delivering a vintage performance before saying a farewell to boxing.

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 an unanimous decision.

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.

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

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

Yet 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,� he added, before giving a farewell message to his fans.

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

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