Pacquiao vs. Bradley: A Perfect Tune-Up Bout for Floyd Mayweather in November

Mick AkersAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates his majority decision victory against Juan Manuel Marquez in the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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According to a report on Manny Pacquiao's official website, Pacman will face off with junior welterweight champ Timothy Bradley on June 9.

If Pacquiao was looking for the perfect fight to get himself ready to face Floyd Mayweather in November, a bout with Bradley is just that.

Bradley is very similar to Mayweather in that he is a great defensive fighter who will give little opportunity to land anything close to a significant blow in a fight.

Like Mayweather, Bradley is undefeated, at 28-0, but does have one no contest; however, although he hasn't lost a fight, Bradley is considered boring due to his defensive style of fighting. But now he will finally get that megafight he deserves after amassing a great record over his seven-year career.

Sure, Pacquiao could have picked a fighter that might mix it up more than Bradley, but in my mind this is the best fight for Pacquiao that doesn't involve Mayweather.

Pacquiao has struggled against defensive fighters, and a fight against Bradley could be also be a very dangerous one for Pacquiao. If Pacquiao struggles like he did in his last fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, he could be in for a long night and his first loss in the ring since 2005.

In the end, the fans might be disappointed they won't get the megafight we have all been waiting to see just yet, but a successful outing against Bradley would prepare Pacquiao to give the best fight of his career if a deal is struck for a November showdown.