- 06/07/2012, 10:43PM ET
Marlins Fan said 06/08, 12:05 AM
I'm going Bradley. Couple reasons why.
Number one, Pac hasn't looked untouchable lately. He looked beatable against both Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley and failed to knock either one out. He also looked beatable towards the end of last year against Juan Manuel Marquez, although that was somewhat to be expected considering their history.
Tim Bradley, on the other hand, has just been spewing confidence and with good reason, since he'll be reprising his role as underdog jut like he did in his most recent fight, an upset over Junior Witter. Bradley appears to be the kind of fighter who can tap into the crowd's energy and use that to give himself a little extra motivation, not that he'll need it for this fight.
Number two, although Bradley may not have the physical skills to overpower/overwhelm Pac Man I do believe he has a secret weapon - heart. Determination and tenacity are intangibles, and I feel hesitant to say I'm hedging my bets on a certain fighter because his intangibles are better, but I do feel like Bradley is determined to not lose.
Bradley's also very good defensively and he can/will guard against Pac's offensive barrage.
IMO Bradley will win by TKO.
JimJ77 Can't make it up said 06/08, 12:19 AM
I'll say right off the bat that I thought Pacman dominated both Mosley and Margarito. I thought Mosley just did enough to avoid damage and survive. And I thought Margarito's corner should have stopped the fight and felt Pacman took it easy on Antonio down the stretch in that fight.
We both agree on JMM. I mean their styles make for close fights.
Here's my problem with Bradley. One, is he's slower than Manny, and two is he doesn't hit hard enough to change a boxing match. His power in underwhelming IMO.
I think Manny is the sharper boxer, has faster hands and has more power in both of his hands compared to Bradley.
Let's be honest for a second. Bradley has never faced anyone on Manny's level. I even think the stage might be too big for Bradley to handle here. And as much as Bradley shows good defensive boxing, I mean he's never faced a boxer even close to having Manny's offensive output of pure skill.
In the end Bradley will have heart to take it the distance, but Manny is on another level. His hands will be too quick, and hiw power will be too much.
I expect Pacman to cruise to a UD here, and God only hopes they finally setup Mayweather vs Pacman.
Marlins Fan said 06/08, 12:47 AM
First off, I definitely agree with your closing statement. IF Pac Man wins then Pacquiao-Mayweather better be around the corner. However I don't see it happening because I don't see Pacquaio winning this weekend.
I also agree about Bradley not being the world's most devastating puncher. But neither is Pacquaio. Neither one of them is going to bludgeon the other to death.
What I see happening is this - I think Pacquaio will be more offensive during the fight but I think Bradley will be able to parry most of those blows. I see Pac Man getting frustrated over time with the fact that Bradley has been blocking everything and I think ultimately Pacquaio will open himself up to a few critical blows, mainly because his frustration will lead him to get reckless/careless.
It's true that Bradley has never faced as dominant a fighter as Pac Man. But that's simply becauuse he hasn't had the chance since there aren't many Pacquaio's running around. Bradley has, however, won every fight he's ever participated in, and that contributed to him getting the chance at Pac Man now. He's gotta start somewhere, and he's made the most of the start he's been given.
JimJ77 Can't make it up said 06/08, 11:02 AM
I have to disagree with you when you say Manny is not a devastating puncher. Tell that to Ricky Hatton or Miguel Cotto. Manny has 38 wins by KO or TKO in his career. And under the tutelage of Freddie Roach his power has developed in both hands.
Sure Bradley has to start somewhere, but his start will lead to facing a guy who throws combinations Bradley has never seen. Hooks, jabs, overhand lefts. Punches will come fast and furious and I don't see Bradley doing much do stop it.
I do believe Bradley will come out focused and confident, and will look to rattle Manny, but over the course of the fight it will become apparent that Manny's hand speed and quickness will be Bradley's undoing.
I expect Bradley to take a lot of damage from rounds 6-12, as Manny starts putting combinations together and picks Bradley apart.
Manny will not fight reckless or careless, this isn't Manny from 10 years ago. Manny has developed into a technical boxer and composed boxer under Freddie Roach.
Bradley will be like the rest. Unable to mount any significant offense, and taking a barrage of punches over the fight. and getting beat up over 12 rounds or less.
Marlins Fan said 06/09, 12:29 AM
Manny's not a devastating puncher. Regardless of career KOs, punching power has never been Pac Man's strength. He is judicious with his punches and that's where he gets his advantage, but that's also something that may be an advantage for Bradley tomorrow, since his game is centered around his great defensive skills. Pacquiao isn't going to overwhelm Bradley with power.
I think Pac's greatest strength is his focus and quickness. But the JMM fight showed that when he's distracted Pacquiao is certainly beatable. Now some folks want to say that Pac Man's focus is back because he reconciled with his wife, but I look at it thusly - Pacquiao is coming off a turbulent time with Jinkee. Times were so turbulent that he devoted his life to God. Call me crazy, but when a middle aged man has major personal problems and decides to completely commit to religion you have to wonder about where exactly his mind is at.
I think Pac is still in a state of flux; he's evaluating his priorities; reevaluating and second guessing his life in general. I don't see that as a positive factor; I think it means he's in a vulnerable state and I think Bradley will be more focused and will win.
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