Manny Pacquiao: Pac Man vs. Bradley Fight Will Top Mayweather vs. Cotto Tilt

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIMay 22, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao speaks as Nike introduces new basketball and training technology at Basketball City, Pier 36 on February 22, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao's June 9 fight against the undefeated Tim Bradley will be more exciting than the matchup that pitted Floyd Mayweather against Miguel Cotto.

You can be sure of that.

Mayweather and Cotto put on quite the show on May 9 at the MGM Grand, as we saw Mayweather take some facial damage for the first time in awhile. It wasn't as close as it appeared to me, or the announcers, that Mayweather was toying with Cotto and letting him fight from his own corner for the significant portion of the middle rounds.

We won't see anything like that in the tilt between Pac-Man and Bradley, simply due to the fact Bradley is an attacking fighter just like Pacquiao.

Pacquiao isn't getting any younger while Bradley is 28 years old and in the prime of his undefeated career. He's an inch shorter than Pacquiao, but has a two-inch reach advantage, and you know that his camp has been stressing that.

The majority of Pacquiao's recent opponents haven't employed this attacking strategy, but Bradley will be hungry to knock Pacquiao off his pedestal.

The two will also have equal rest—something you couldn't say for the Mayweather-Cotto tilt. Cotto had almost three months less than Mayweather to prepare for the fight.

Pacquiao and Bradley fought on the same day in the same place back on November 12, 2011.

There have been talks Pacquiao is reportedly considering retirement following his June 9 fight against Bradley. If these rumors are true, you have to wonder if he's lost some of his passion for boxing. Pacquiao at 100 percent—with his head fully in it—would have an easier time with Bradley.

But a partially invested Pacquiao could spell disaster for the Filipino congressman.

Either way, Pac-Man is always a crowd-pleaser and has put on great fights time after time, but hasn't grabbed a knockout in his last four fights. Couple that with Bradley's thirst for victory and the fact he's undoubtedly going to look for the knockout blow on Pacquiao and you can just sense we're going to get 12 rounds of carnage on June 9.

Bradley is trying to make a name for himself in a sport dominated by big-name boxers.

What does he have to lose?

Bradley can come out swinging and put on a great show for the fans, or he can hang back and ultimately lose a decision to Pacquiao.

Whatever tactics both boxers choose to employ, you can bet that this match will be more exciting than the Mayweather-Cotto matchup.