Pacquiao vs. Bradley Predictions: Why PacMan Will Dominate Early

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates his majority decision victory against Juan Manuel Marquez in the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao's re-dedication to boxing is bad news for Timothy Bradley.

Bradley, PacMan's opponent on June 9th, is an undefeated 28-year-old American who has never seen or fought a boxer of Pacquio's ilk before.

At 28-0, Bradley is still searching for his signature win and this is the opportunity of a lifetime. In fact, his last fight, a win over an aging 40-year-old Joel Casamayor, was on the undercard of Pacquiao's fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose fpr photographers at a press conference announcing their upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Be
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This is a step up in class to say the least.

Bradley is no straight-forward fighter and his speed, agility and stamina could give Pacquiao trouble.

But, after a disappointing win over JMM, Pacquiao is out to prove to people he's still the pound-for-pound monster we're so accustomed to seeing.

We can expect a bit of feeling out period for these two fighters, but ultimately it will be Pacquiao who connects with meaningful shots early and often. Bradley doesn't have the power, nor has he seen the power, that PacMan possesses. 

Even going to the body won't be of much use if Pacquiao trains the way we know he can. In recent fights he hasn't looked as dominant, but as much as Bradley doesn't know about him, he doesn't know about Bradley.

Leaving anything to chance would be a mistake for the Filipino superstar and it appears he's taking steps to avoid that at all costs.

Another decision is the last thing Pac wants, so we can expect him to come out and showcase his power against the challenger early. If he starts connecting, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see Bradley go down early.