On June 9th Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will square off in the ring for what boxing fans are hoping is the next classic. We all know that Pacquiao is the favorite, and currently the odds of betting on the Pac Man are two to seven vs. nine to two odds for Bradley.
Everybody knows what you get out of Pacquiao, the guy is fearless, extremely quick and in the last few years he’s been unbeatable. Bradley, in his own right, is a damn good fighter as well and is currently sitting at 29-0.
The much anticipated fight will air on HBO pay-per-view, and it will come with the usual hype that surrounds a Manny Pacquiao fight. For the average boxing fan, one might not understand or have a solid knowledge base of just who Timothy Bradley is.
Bradley is out of North Palm Springs, California and is currently the WBO Light Welterweight Champion. He also was a two-time WBC Light Welterweight Champion.
His background is a bit odd in the terms of normal boxers. Timothy Bradley has been stripped of his titles due to refusing to fight certain opponents such as Devon Alexander and Amir Khan.
Now you have to ask yourself, Bradley doesn’t want to fight Khan but he is willing to fight Manny Pacquiao?
However, to his credit, Bradley wanted a shot at Pacquiao and the hefty purse that comes along with such a fight. Bradley isn’t much of a power fighter either, as he only has 12 TKOs in 30 career fights. In the June 9th matchup, his chin will come into question. Will he be able to stand toe-to-toe with the pound-for-pound champion in all the land?
It is always a bit dangerous for a fighter to enter the ring with any sort of distraction, and with the recent remarks made by Manny Pacquaio, the champion has just that. Is his mind really in this bout?
We shall see.
Bradley is not necessarily a knockout artist and has been known to be a patient fighter who likes to take the fight to the end and let the judges decide. Point blank: this will not work against Manny, who is one of the best at this strategy, if Bradley tries to fight conservatively.
According to Pacquiao’s camp, the champion is seeking to end this fight early via K.O. If so, that would make Pac-Man’s first knockout since he dropped Miguel Cotto in 2009.
Pacquiao is out to prove his talent once again, since his last fight was a bit of a struggle against Juan Manuel Marquez. Famous trainer Manny Diaz feels that Pacquiao will have no trouble with Bradley so long as he takes the fight to him quickly and stays on the attack: “It’s not like he’s a great puncher, he’s not a great fighter, he doesn’t have a great defense, he’s open to get hit,” said Diaz.
One thing is for sure, Pacquaiao will likely make short work of Mr. Bradley, and Pac-Man will be looking for his 15th straight victory; leaving boxing fans anxious once more for the anticipated matchup vs. Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
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