Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Why Epic Fight Will End with a Knockout

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2012

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 Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao re-dedicated himself to boxing, and his opponent, Timothy Bradley, believes he's got "all the tools" needed to defeat the living legend.

The 28-year-old undefeated American actually told ESPN's Down for the Count:

I have the speed, I have the power, I have the youth. I have all the tools to beat Manny Pacquiao ... I think my determination is definitely a factor in this fight, I just have to put it all together on June 9. We put in work, no days off. We work hard every time we train, if I need to be at the gym, I'm at the gym ... I’m confident that I should be victorious on that night.

Saying all those things means nothing if he doesn't back it up in ring. What we know about the relatively unknown Bradley is that he's always backed up his words in the ring. In 29 professional fights Bradley has never tasted defeat.

But he's never fought Manny Pacquiao.

And this is not just any Manny Pacquiao, this is a re-dedicated Manny Pacquiao out to prove a point.

So what we have in this epic June 9th clash is two fighters looking to do two things at different times in their careers. Pacquiao is out to prove he's still got it, and that his recently controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez was hardly controversial at all.

Bradley, meanwhile, looks at this as his chance for a statement win—a career-defining win that will elevate him to the next level.

Both fighters will be loose. Both fighters will be looking to dominate. Both fighters will be looking to land a knockout blow if they can.

Bradley has stamina and speed, but the longer the fight goes the tougher it will be for him. Pacquiao's that much stronger and come the later rounds those punches will hurt that much more.

And for Pacquiao, the last thing he wants is another decision for the critics to harp on.

This fight simply reeks of two fighters who desperately want a dominating win. With that being the case, someone is going to make a mistake and the other is going to capitalize.

Don't expect this fight to go the distance.