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“He never hurt me with his punches, most of them landed on my arms,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao, who had won 15 straight fights on his way to becoming a boxing superstar, tried to brawl withBradley and seemed to hurt him in both the fourth and fifth rounds. But Bradley started moving and counter punching, though he never seemed to land any shots that hurt Pacquiao.

Pacquiao had vowed to look impressive against Bradley after struggling in his last outing with Juan Manuel Marquez. And he did early, landing good long left hands while beating Bradley to the punch on most exchanges.

“He hurt me a couple of times with his left,” Bradley said. “He’s a beast.”

Trainer Freddie Roach told Pacquiao after the 10th round that he had control of the fight, and urged him to fight hard the final two rounds.

“You have six minutes to go, son,” Roach said. “It’s your fight.”

But it wasn’t Pacquiao’s fight, with Bradley getting credit for winning some of the close middle and later rounds. After the 11th round Bradley went back to his corner and trainer Joel Diaz told him he needed to win the final round.

“I listened to my corner,” Bradley said. “I got to give him a rematch now.”

It was the biggest fight of Bradley’s career and it came with a minimum $5 million payday. The rematch will be even richer, though Pacquiao’s loss could damage any plans for a fight with currently jailed Floyd Mayweather Jr.