Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Youth of Bradley Won't Be Enough to Overcome Pac-Man

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Timothy Bradley celebrates his eighth round TKO victory against Joel Casamayor in their WBO junior 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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Timothy Bradley thinks his youth gives him the advantage over Manny Pacquiao.

Yeah, he's wrong about that.

Here's what he had to say, however, in an interview with

[Pacquiao's] been in the ring with some great fighters, but what I bring to the table, man, at this time, is youthfulness. I'm only 28, and he's 33 years old. I bring that to the event, as well as my skill and my speed and my footspeed as well.

So at every level, I feel that I can compete with this guy. That's what I bring to the table, and it's going to be a different fight than what you're used to seeing Pacquiao fight.

He's right in one regard: He is younger than Pacquiao.

He may have a little more pep in his step than the older Pacquiao, he may be a little fresher—that's a fair enough point. But I'm not so sure that will play in his favor, especially given that in the same interview, he said he was willing to trade punches with Pac-Man.

I think that stylistically, you have two guys who are going to be willing to get into exchanges with one another. Like, in the past, I have fought some guys who were not necessarily willing to exchange with me. Once I hit them in the face, they pretty much stayed away from the exchanges. But you've got two guys who like to think about offense first and defense second.

That doesn't seem like the smartest strategy in my book, even if that is Bradley's style. You could make the argument that Pacquiao is one of the hardest hitters in boxing history, and I'm not so sure that trying to slug it out with him is the way to approach this fight.

That seems like strategic suicide to me.

Bradley's youth isn't going to matter one bit if he tries to trade blows with Pac-Man and gets caught on the chin one too many times. That's a pretty quick way to take all of the pep out of your step.

Sure, a smart defensive strategy and effective and powerful counter-punching could potentially prompt a Bradley upset. But relying on his youth to win exchanges?

That's a recipe for disaster.

And another victim to add to Pacquiao's legacy.

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