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Pacquiao vs. Bradley - Will Desert Storm Put An End To The Pacman?
Now that Floyd Mayweather seemed to have chosen another opponent in Miguel Cotto and left the "Pacquiao vs Mayweather" megafight in the dust (again), Manny Pacquiao chose to go on a much more dangerous path by taking on the undefeated Timothy Bradley. With all the hype of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight starting to diminish with each passing month that the fight is postponed, it may very well be a great decision for Manny Pacquiao to sharpen his skills again after being flat-footed in his most recent fight against Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez. After all, many people in the boxing world thinks that Pacman is starting to lose his ferocity inside the ring as he grows older and becomes exposed to too much media attention.
Who is heck is Timothy Bradley anyway?
For those of you who are not familiar with Timothy Bradley, he is an undefeated fighter who longed to fight Pacquiao since time immemorial. Currently harnessing a clean slate of 28-0 (but with only 12 knockouts), the boxer known as the "Desert Storm" will try to find his way onto a major upset as he battles the Pound-for-Pound Number 1 boxer in the world today (some say that Floyd climbed up to the top spot after his showing against Ortiz and Pacquiao's crumbling against Juan Manuel Marquez though)
So what are the advantages that Timothy Bradley has that Manny Pacquiao should be concerned, if there are any? Let's take a closer look and see what can possibly happen in the upcoming fight.
Seriously? Pacauiao beaten by Bradley? Come on!
Will Timothy Bradley Defeat Manny Pacquiao
Bradley's Chance of Beating Pacquiao
- Many people say that Manny Pacquiao's hand speed is phenomenal. Incidentally, Bradley has some of it too. If Bradley can utilize this hand speed in the fight, we will stand a chance to put off those flurry combinations from the Pacman. But can we do that while avoiding the bombs that Pacquiao drops?
- Hand speed is nothing if you are too slow to move your behind (because if you are fighting Pacman, you will have to move it like you are having a constipation). Timothy Bradley has some nice footwork too, but he must be able to contain it for 12 rounds if he doesn't want to get loaded up with massive shots from the Pacman.
- Sure, this one is the best advantage of Timothy Bradley so far. He is young and confident, and his clean slate record is also not something to overlook. Pacquiao has shown some signs of ring rust and slowing down in the last 2 fights, but how much of those are actually true (or just caused by distractions), we may really never know.
- Bradley is a well-conditioned athlete and has gone 12 rounds in his last few fights without a problem. Although going 12 rounds is a sign that Bradley is an endurance machine, it is also an indication that he isn't that powerful to finish his opponents. Pacquiao is averaging somewhere between 3-6 rounds in his career as a fighter. Now you go figure.
- Maybe it's just me, but after all the spotlight showered down on him I think Manny Pacquiao is losing that "hunger" and ferocity that he used to have once. Yes, with all the internet marketing hype, media attention and Hollywood celebrities giving Pacquiao a visit, it will be hard to get back to that old form when he had nothing to feed his mouth but his fists.
Will media attention and distractions again cost Pacquiao this fight?
We all know how too much attention can distract people, especially athletes who should train instead of having photographs with celebrities. Will Manny again get caught up in this situation of having all the spotlight before a fight? Will Manny Pacquiao ever get back the "eye of the tiger" that he once possessed when he was still a raw, young and unknown fighter who has no money to feed his stomach? Let's find out what will happen on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao vs Bradley!