On June 9, Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO Welterweight Title against Timothy Bradley, but much more is at stake than this championship.
Bradley wants respect, and he wants to guarantee more big paydays are in his future. Even though he is 28-0, many had not heard of him before the hype for this fight. After June 9, Bradley wants to make sure the world knows his name.
Pacquiao has the prospects of a potential super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the back of his mind—no matter what he says to the contrary. He must fight through the political and religious interests that could be a distraction.
He hasn't been spectacular in his last three bouts, though he's been victorious, and though he's already proven his mettle his legacy is on the line again.
Who will be victorious?
Here is my round-by-round prediction.
(Images are from EA Sports Fight Night Champion)
(The game was not used to predict the outcome, just to convey my predictions)