MANNY PACQUIAO’S run of 15 fights and seven years without a loss came to a cruel end on June 9, 2012.

Inside the labyrinthine walls of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley was awarded a decision over Pacquiao that puzzled the vast majority that watched. Almost all the media in attendance felt that the Filipino, now 33, had done more than enough to earn the decision. Boxing News’ Daniel Herbert – a veteran of almost 30 years ringside reporting – scored the bout 119-109 in the favourite’s favour.

But the judges, perhaps swayed by Pacquiao getting a contentious nod over Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011, scored the fight 115-113, 115-113 and 113-115 in favour of Bradley.

The fans were furious with the decision and any possibility of Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather looked further away than ever before. But in just six months time, the superfight went from being a long shot, to virtually impossible.