Manny Pacquiao Is Worried About His Weight as He Preps for Timothy Bradley

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 27, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11:  (C) Boxer Manny Pacquiao steps on the scale to weigh 143 pounds as trainer (L) Freddie Roach looks at the scale during the official weigh-in for his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao has issues surrounding his weight a little over two months before his June 9 bout with Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. according to the Manila Bulletin.

Pacquiao expressed his feelings on his weight to the Manila Bulletin saying, "I can still make 135 lbs," a sentiment that would be good if Pacquiao still fought at lightweight division, but those days are long gone for Pacman.

Ever since Pacquiao fought Oscar Del La Hoya back in 2008, he has been fighting at welterweight, besides his one junior welterweight bout with Ricky Hatton following his win over De La Hoya.

So Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) saying that he thinks he could still make a fight at 135, when the welterweight limit is 147 should be serious cause for concern for Pacman's camp as he prepares for his showdown with Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs.)

The pound-for-pound No. 2 fighter in the world, Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin that he doesn't put on the extra weight most fighters do when they are not training and is at about 150 pounds, so he is concerned that once he starts training camp on April 16, he will lose some pounds and drop below the 147 limit.

Having a fighter distracted by if he will make his weight in a comfortable fashion is dangerous to a fighter's mindset heading into a fight, and could cause for some unneeded distraction heading into a bout with a dangerous fighter in Bradley.

Bradley is making his second jump up to the welterweight division, as he has fought in the junior welterweight ranks for all but one of his 28 career fights, in a bout at 147 with Luis Abregu in 2010.

This weight concern that Pacquiao has will be a huge deal if he struggles to keep his weight around the 147 mark, as Bradley seems to be coming into the biggest fight of his career as confident as ever and will take advantage of any weakness, mental or physical, Pacman has in the ring on June 9th.