Manny Pacquiao needs a convincing win on June 9 if he wants people to continue considering him the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. Thanks to his new-found focus, the Filipino southpaw could get one.
On that night he will face Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), who has established himself as one of boxing's best young fighters. While the man known as "Desert Storm" will certainly provide some problems for Pacquiao, he should be able to overcome them and dominate the 28-year-old American.
After a lackluster majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November, some have questioned Pacquiao's ability to remain dominant. But it was recently revealed that Pacquiao's wife, Jinkee, served him with divorce papers the night before the fight, and that obviously had him distracted as he entered the ring against Marquez.
Since that time, the eight-division wold champion has rededicated himself to his wife and his religion and has given up the vices that have slowed him down in the past. Pacquiao used to relish late nights out with his huge entourage but has cut those out now and is refocused on boxing.
Pacquiao's lust for the night life and the many distractions that always swirled around him made his rise to the top of the boxing world even more surprising. He had so much going on that his ability to focus and win fights was simply incredible. That slipped against Marquez. The fact that he has eliminated those outside influences will spell doom for Bradley on June 9.
The 33-year-old Pacquiao is on an incredible roll, having won 15 straight fights (eight knockouts) against some of the best the boxing world has to offer. But now that he is refocused and his concentration is back fully on the ring, he could be even better.
The new focus he has found will lead Pacquiao to a dominant victory over Bradley on June 9 and erase any doubts that he is the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.