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Bradley Is Too Weak for Pacquiao, States Marquez in a Recent Interview

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Marquez throws a left to the head of Manny Pacquiao during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Vitali SCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2014

“I don't think so, because even though Bradley is a great boxer, and he has skills, he needs the power. He doesn't have that power. Pacquiao has the speed and Pacquiao has the power. The difference in this fight is power. The difference will be the power punches that Pacquiao has,” answered Juan Manuel Marquez when asked whether he thinks Bradley can beat Pacquiao in their June clash.

It seems that many boxing fans as well as analysts pick the same reason why Bradley will likely be defeated by Manny come June, and it’s the vast power difference. Unfortunately for boxing fans that want to witness a war, and especially for Bradley, this happens to be very accurate.

Of all the boxers in the world, there is only one which we can label as the expert on Manny Pacquiao, and that happens to be the only person that has stepped into the ring with Pacquiao three times with a fourth fight not out of the question: Juan Manuel Marquez.

I find Marquez to be a classy and honest person, with a tremendous amount of ring experience on top of that. He has tasted the power that Pacquiao is able to deliver, and knows what it can do. I believe that his statement is parallel to what most believe, and that leaves one outcome in mind: Bradley will hit the canvas if he decides to trade with Pacquaio.

Footwork, hand speed and power all play in favor of Pacquiao in this matchup. In other words, Bradley is not as smart and cannot adjust in the ring like Marquez can, thus tactical war should not be considered. Trading with Manny is another option that Bradley should avoid.

So what’s left for Bradley to do in the ring? Playing it safe and trying to fight on the inside would be my personal best advice. Quick in-and-out combinations would probably be the best bet for Bradley, but I am aware that once in the ring, anything can change in a second.

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