Originally written on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 9/18/14

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 11: Boxer Manny Pacquiao attends the final news conference for his bout against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM on November 14. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Keep coming back here for running updates of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley undercard on HBO pay-per-view. It probably will be no good, but always exciting Jorge Arce is in action, as is supremely talented Guillermo Rigondeaux, and there's a potentially competitive fight between Mike Jones and Randall Bailey. P.S. The main event won't start until after the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics game, at the earliest, but most likely you won't see Pacquiao-Bradley until around midnight either way. We'll write a separate blog post about the main event afterward.

Guillermo Rigondeaux-Teon Kennedy was a ritualistic slaughter on paper and ended up that way in three dimensions. Kennedy is an honest pug, and a fun brawler, but someone who loses to journeymen sometimes. Rigondeaux is an all-time great amateur and one of the most purebred men in the sport. Do the math. I thought it would last one round; Rigondeaux put Kennedy down in that round but Kennedy survived. Rigondeaux is a cold man, uninterested in finishing his opponent off on any time frame because he knows it'll happen eventually. Four rounds and four more later, Rigondeaux' speed, power and skill convinced referee Russell Mora to halt the mismatch. I can't say I know what the point of this fight was -- was it to make Rigondeaux look exciting? What is Top Rank doing with this fighter, a junior featherweight in whom they've shown little interest? Do they have some kind of contract for minimum fights per year and that's why he was on this undercard? Anyway, Rigondeaux is a specimen, and I like him, and this didn't change my view of him. He'll be exciting when he feels like it, and he'll beat most anybody he faces. We'll see if he doesn't face someone with more of a pulse in his next fight. Kennedy should return to fun brawls against similarly-skilled opponents next, one would assume.
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