Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley: Why This Will Actually Be a Good Fight
Ever since word has come out that undefeated light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will be the next opponent for the biggest star in boxing, Manny Pacquiao, much of the public and media voiced their strong disapproval for this fight.
It seems from the fans to bloggers to fight media, most have expressed that this June 9 fight of Pacquiao vs. Bradley will do nothing but disappoint on so many levels.
However, we can also view this matchup as quite the opposite as well, when you really think about it.
So here are five reasons why Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Would Actually Be A Good Fight.
Tim Bradley Is Undefeated and the Man at 140 Pounds
Tim Bradley is undefeated and the man at 140 pounds. At junior welterweight, Bradley has fought some of the top elite guys such as Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell, Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander.
Many feel Bradley ducked Amir Khan in a super fight that would give the winner all of the major belts at 140 pounds, but as time went on we saw Bradley was intentionally waiting out his contract with then-promoter Gary Shaw and not fighting at all for several months until his contract expired, ultimately signing with Top Rank Promotions.
Yes 140 is not 147, but then again Manny is pretty much a true 140-pound fighter who, like most in that weight class, move up to welterweight for the bigger-named fights.
When you get to the level of superstardom of the Manny Pacquiaos and Floyd Mayweathers of the sport, you often never take on a hungry, primed, undefeated opponent such as Bradley.
When was the last time Manny fought a hungry, primed, undefeated opponent?
You would have to go all the way back to 2007 when Manny fought a very game undefeated Jorge Solis for a super featherweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
In the above video, KING J is confirming Tim Bradley's actual Twitter account for all the fight fans. Now that he is Manny's next opponent, his amount of Twitter followers will surely grow plentiful as well as his career-high fight purse.
Bradley Is Hungry and Has the Heart of a True Champion
As stated in the previous slide, Bradley is hungry and he has the heart of a true champion.
Many point to his fight with the hard-hitting Kendall Holt for reference. Some point out how he was easily floored hard in that first round.
If you look carefully, he was hit so hard it appears that he was even knocked unconscious while he was still falling down to the canvas. A lesser fighter would have indeed continued to sleep as they hit the canvas that hard, but not Bradley.
It seems by hitting the canvas it actually woke him up enough for him to realize hey, I better take a knee and regain my composure first, which was the wise thing to do.
What did Bradley do after this? He fought on and continued to press forward at Holt, outworking him and outpointing him to a unanimous decision.
This proves that Bradley has all the heart in the world. Most fighters who get knocked down that hard would either start running backwards or start hugging and holding on for the remainder of the fight, but not Bradley.
Can you defeat Pacquiao by sheer heart alone? No of course not, but it will imply that this fight will be whole lot more competitive than many are writing it off to be.
Bradley's Fight Style Makes Manny Look More Exciting
Many are saying that Pacquiao vs. Bradley might resemble the explosive, devastating Pacquiao vs. Hatton fight.
I was ringside at Pacquiao vs. Hatton; the energy level that night at the MGM Grand was simply incredible.
Yes it was a short two-round fight, but it was exciting from bell to bell. Hatton just kept coming forward, pressing Manny even when he was getting beaten to the punch and outclassed.
Were fans upset with the outcome of this fight? No, they were excited for as long as it lasted. They were shocked by the devastating knockout.
But unless you were a bitter, drunk Hatton fan who bet the house on Hatton, everyone seemed thoroughly entertained at the end of the night.
Bradley has a similar style to Hatton, as they both keep coming straight forward applying pressure and aim to outwork their opponents.
Whenever any of Manny's opponents fight in this style it makes for the most exciting fights of Pacquiao's career.
On the other hand, fighters who try to outbox Manny often end up producing a far less entertaining fight with the Pac Man.
Manny Will Fight Another Top African-American Fighter
Above is a video on YouTube on Titled: Bernard Hopkins-African American Fighters Would Give Manny Pacquiao Tougher Challenge.
This video is a bit outdated, for it was filmed right after the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight. Hopkins poses the question of would the top African-American fighters give Pacquiao a tougher fight; this opens up the discussion for the panelists at ESPN to further discuss this.
Yes, since then Manny has fought an aged Shane Mosley, but outside of the obvious fight that everyone and their grandma have been wanting to see, a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, there have not been any real big fights with the top names who are of African-American background.
Tim Bradley would pretty much be the only legit opponent who is African-American outside the obvious Mayweather fight.
Should Manny be impressive in defeating Bradley on June 9, would these same critics now say okay, Manny can defeat the top African-American fighters?
No, probably not, because nothing replaces a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight and to add to that there are no Leonards, Haglers, and Hearns around right now to get in the ring with Manny.
Pacquiao vs Bradley May Be Manny's Final Fight
Reports have come out that Manny's fight with Bradley may be his final fight.
In all honesty, Manny, for what ever reason, does not look like the same fighter that he once was and made him into the international super star.
Whenever you see this in a fighter, that would be the best time for them to hang them up.
Unfortunately, we almost never see that for most big-name fighters tend to fight on way past their time and often accumulate further damage to their health and legacy.
In the event that this fight on June 9 with Bradley will indeed be Manny Pacquiao's final fight, then it would obviously be more the reason to watch it or even attend it live in person.
What is my personal take? I personally feel Manny will fight one more fight in November as stated by his advisor Michael Koncz in an interview I conducted recently.
Now if Manny looks horrible against Bradley or even loses, then this may very well be his final fight.
Will I be at the MGM Grand on June 9?............ Is the New York Knicks best player right now a Harvard graduate?
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