Pacquiao vs. Bradley: 10 Reasons Pac-Man Will Win Easily on June 9
Manny Pacquiao is more than just a tough fighter. He's a whirlwind of force that not many can contain. If Timothy Bradley believes he will be the man to contain it, he may want to think twice.
Hurricane Pacquiao has blown through numerous structures such as Oscar De La Hoya, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton.
Here's a look at 10 reasons Bradley won't be any different.
10. Bradley's Been Dropped by Junior Welterweights
Kendall Holt is a powerful junior welterweight, but he's not Manny Pacquiao. In a championship fight at 140, Timothy Bradley was dropped by Holt.
Pacquiao has dropped full-sized welterweights and broken eye sockets. If Bradley's chin could barely stand up to Holt, how will it stand up to Pacquiao?
9. Bradley Is Not a Traditional Black Boxer, He Comes Forward
Timothy Bradley may not be as reckless as Ricky Hatton, but he is still a very wild come-forward boxer.
Pacquiao will undoubtedly land combinations and will likely take him out.
8. Bradley Skipped out on His Biggest Challenge
Timothy Bradley was being positioned to fight Amir Khan around this time last year. Khan represented the No. 2 junior welterweight and Bradley No. 1.
A clash between the two would've been an epic fight to define this generation of young superstars. Bradley skipped out on the fight with plans of facing Pacquiao for bigger money.
Pacquiao is on a whole different level from Khan. If a Khan clash was considered too much of a risk to face first, then Pacquiao will surely be too much then.
7. Bradley's Head Isn't Harder Than Pacquiao's Fist
Timothy Bradley is known for his big headbutts. They can be attributed to his come-forward style that's in common with his larger-than-normal noggin.
Manny Pacquiao faced a lot of accidental headbutts against Shane Mosley in their 2011 fight. Pacquiao still performed well enough to knock Mosley down in Round 3.
If Mosley hadn't ran all around the ring, he would've been eventually knocked out.
6. Bradley's a Light Hitter
Timothy Bradley has had only two stoppages in his last two fights. Manny Pacquiao can only be backed down by speed and power.
When Juan Manuel Marquez gave Pacquiao a thrashing last November that made Pacquiao pause in befuddlement, he had enough POWER to complement his skill.
Bradley doesn't need to be Shane Mosley in the power department, but he does need to have a decent sting. Judging from Bradley's track record, he doesn't have it.
5. The Judges Will Be Bought and Paid for
Manny Pacquiao won a majority decision against Juan Manuel Marquez in the third match of their trilogy. Many believed Marquez was robbed of a deserved victory.
Pacquiao is popular, wealthy and no one will let the possibility of a Mayweather-Pacquiao match become hindered by a well-respected legend in Marquez, let alone a no-name fighter like Tim Bradley.
4. Bradley's Just After a Big Payday
Timothy Bradley made himself out to be a rather competitive fighter at junior welterweight, but he grew tired of the million-dollar paydays HBO and former promoter Gary Shaw were securing him.
Bradley wanted multimillion-dollar status and skipped a million-dollar fight with Khan to make $5 million against Pacquiao.
While Bradley made a better business move by facing Pacquiao before Khan, he didn't make the better move as a fighter.
If Bradley wasn't motivated to settle who the best was at 140 before moving up to 147, then how motivated is he to actually beat Pacquiao?
3. Pacquiao's Coach Freddie Roach
Freddie Roach is a Hall of Fame trainer. He's led Manny Pacquiao from obscurity to legendary.
With Roach in his ear, Pacquiao has nothing to fear. Bradley hasn't displayed anything in his career to suggest he and his corner would be considerably smarter than Pacquiao's team.
2. Bradley's Not Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is a defensive puzzle no one has truly figured out yet. Manny Pacquiao is the chosen one by the millions of fans who buy his pay-per-views.
Fans want to see if Mayweather and Pacquiao have to use all their abilities to overcome an opponent. The fans don't see anyone else dealing these two any trouble.
Bradley won't give Pacquiao the type of trouble Mayweather could because his defense is not as on point. Without that, a fight with Pacquiao will be a short and brutal one.
1. He's Too Small
Timothy Bradley somehow managed to have a half-inch disadvantage in height against Manny Pacquiao.
Most Pacquiao opponents in welterweight have been bigger. The only little men in nearly 10 years to give Pacquiao any trouble were Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales.
Morales was knocked to kingdom come in two rematches. Marquez was nearly knocked out in the first round of their first fight and consistently comes close instead of blows him away.
Considering Marquez was blessed to make it out of their first round together and has had the good fortune to have 36 rounds with Pacquiao, he still can't decisively dominate Pacquiao.
What does that mean for Bradley, a fighter with experience but not much on the elite level? At this point in their careers, Pacquiao is still too prime and Bradley too green to dethrone the Filipino king.