Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley don’t care about your money’s worth.
When fight time rolls around and the opening bell rings, Pacquiao and Bradley’s minds will focus on one thing: winning. The goal of the pair of boxers isn’t to put on a show. Entertainment isn’t the game—taking home the WBO welterweight title is.
Here is your complete guide to tonight’s action.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Undercard begins on Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Mike Jones will face off against Randall Bailey for the International Boxing Federation welterweight title. Jones is undefeated and the No. 1 contender, while Bailey is a two-time champ and the No. 2 contender.
In the super bantamweight class, Guillermo Rigondeaux will attempt to defend his untarnished record and World Boxing Association championship vs. Teon Kennedy. The 25-year-old Kennedy out of Philadelphia is 17-1-2.
In a 10-round junior featherweight fight, Jorge "Travieso" Arce will take on Jesus Rojas. Arce is a five-division world champ compared to Rojas, who’s relatively unknown despite 13 career knockouts at 25 years old.
What They Are Saying
Bradley’s resume pales in comparison to Pacquiao’s. Still, Pac-Man had no shortage of praise for the American boxer, according to ESPN:
Timothy Bradley brings a lot of weapons to a fight. He has youth, an aggressive style and a state of mind that only a world champion possesses. No matter how much talent a fighter has, his game is raised by being a world champion. Tim has always found a way to win. He has great determination and can adapt and change his game plan in mid-fight.
Freddie Roach isn’t nearly as high on Bradley as Pacquiao is. Perhaps playing head games with the 28-year-old, Roach played devil’s advocate to Pac-Man, disrespecting the competition, as reported by Chris Robinson of Boxing Scene:
He wasn’t my first choice. What are our options? We’re running out of opponents. [Floyd] Mayweather doesn’t come to the table, at least this undefeated fighter will.
He doesn’t intimidate me at all, because I don’t have to fight him. I know the ability of my fighter though. I have confidence in my fighter and I’m very cocky about my fighter because his work ethic is the best. The thing is, I think Manny Pacquiao wins a lot of fights because he’s better prepared than others.
Bradley definitely isn’t taking Roach’s side. The fighter’s confidence couldn’t be higher, and he knows exactly what he must do to leave the ring victorious, as he said going into the match (via Boxing Scene):
In order to be a champion you’ve got to take chances in the ring. You’ve got to take chances. I’m here to win. I’m not just here to lay down for a paycheck. I’m here to win. I’ve got to hurt him. Some way, somehow, I’ve got to hurt him.
Expect Pacquiao to walk away with the win, but he won’t put on a display of dominance. A Ricky Hatton rerun isn’t going to be the outcome. Bradley will survive the length of the fight, and he’ll hold his own against the Filipino, but not enough to persuade the judges to reward him with the edge.
Pacquiao wins via unanimous decision
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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