It's coming. Given the fact that people have been waiting six months for it and, in that time, the hype has reached an unforeseen level, it seems like it's taking forever. But it's coming.
Manny Pacquiao will take on Timothy Bradley in the most anticipated fight of the year on June 9, and Bradley—who moved up in weight and is putting his undefeated record on the line for the chance to take on one of today's greatest boxers—will attempt to steal away Pacman's WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao, meanwhile, will attempt to keep his legacy intact with a win over a boxer who has proven to be lethal against lefties.
What most people care about, though, is the fact that if Pacquiao wins, the possibility of a bout versus Floyd Mayweather remains within his reach.
Pacquiao is the clear favorite, given his resume and the reputation he's built for himself as a quick, immensely skilled champion who's beaten some of the best the world of boxing has to offer. He'll be coming off a controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez in November and is still trying to prove that the personal distractions that got in the way of a dominant performance are no longer a factor.
Who will be under more pressure? The undefeated underdog desperate to prove himself against boxing's best, or the highly touted champion clinging to his own hype?
We can now officially say: We'll soon find out.
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Saturday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET
PPV Listings: Find out more about how to watch the fight at HBO.com.
Prediction: Pacquiao wins by decision.
It would be nice to see Bradley knock off the heavy favorite, but it just isn't happening. Pacquiao is too fast and too skilled, and he has so much more experience beating better boxers.