Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Timothy Bradley Has No Shot at Preventing Superfight

Austin GreenCorrespondent IMay 6, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose for photographers at a press conference announcing their upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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There are many people who can prevent a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown, but none of them are named Timothy Bradley.

For those unfamiliar with his resume, Bradley is the undefeated 28-year-old with lightning quick hands and a penchant for head butts. On June 9, he'll put his 29-0 record on the line as he attempts to take Pacquiao's WBO Welterweight title.

If he can upset the pound-for-pound king, Bradley will destroy any hopes of a Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight. But unfortunately for the Cathedral City, Calif., native, that "if" is pretty damn big.

While Bradley's undefeated record is impressive, he hasn't exactly been facing elite competition.

His most recent victories were dominant knockouts, but that's not saying much, considering he was fighting an inexperienced Devon Alexander and a washed-up Joel Casamayor. Before that, he easily dispatched 27 other scrubs.

Of course, it would be silly to say Bradley hasn't fought anyone of Pacquiao's caliber, because nobody outside of Mayweather is on Pac-Man's level. However, it's concerning that Bradley is taking on the champ without having faced anyone remotely close to Pacquiao's ability.

Pacquiao's unique blend of speed, power, experience and aggressiveness will be unlike anything Bradley has ever seen. The Filipino phenom has destroyed far more seasoned fighters than Bradley, and I'm expecting the kid to be overwhelmed from the start.

Although Pacquiao is slowing down a bit, he still has bombs in his hands, and he's not afraid to throw them. I'm looking for him to rock Bradley early and often, disposing of yet another obstacle in the way of his superfight with Mayweather.