It is that time again—the time to talk about Manny Pacquiao and his next opponent, Timothy Bradley.
First of all, I would like to say that Bradley is a tremendous fighter, and that I have all the respect for him and his achievements in the sport thus far. He is quick, aggressive and very versatile in the ring. He lives up to his nickname of the Desert Storm because when facing Bradley, he will make sure to be in your face and after you from bell to bell. Defensively, he is also pretty amazing, kind of like Joshua Clottey, but with the ability to fight back!
Having said that, while many people expect a war, I don’t. The reason Juan Manuel Marquez was able to go to war with Manny was due to his experience and unparalleled ring I.Q. Bradley does not have that. Instead he compensates with his overwhelming physical attributes. One thing to keep in mind is that Manny is freakishly strong and fast, and it is highly unlikely that he would lose to Bradley if they engaged in an exchange.
I think that Manny will dominate the fight, and maybe even send Bradley to the canvas causing an early end to the fight. Smart cautious fighters are the ones that can beat Manny, not the aggressive ones.
"Tatakbo 'yan (He will run)," said Pacquiao.
In response to what Manny thinks about Bradley’s head-butts, Manny said, “Madumi nga (Yes, he's dirty). Napapansin ko nga. Gumagamit ng ulo (I've noticed it. He uses his head)."
Pacquiao has never said anything negative about any of his opposition, but in Bradley’s case, he expects the unbeaten champion to run. I would have to agree with Manny on his early prediction—as soon as Bradley realizes what Manny’s power tastes like, as Mosley did, he will back up and start fighting in a very cautions, defensive fashion.
I am buying into the hype, and I can't wait to see Bradley’s skills tested. In any case, I always remember that boxing is boxing, and anything can happen at any point in the fight, to anyone.