Opinions vary on how the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will unfold. While it is reasonable to suspect that 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) could obliterate the less experienced, 28-year-old Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), it is nearly as compelling to predict a close fight—or even an upset.
Factors contributing to this broad spectrum of opinions include negotiating Pacquiao’s legacy with his last, underwhelming performance against Juan Manuel Marquez, as well as validating Bradley’s undefeated record and skills in light of his less impressive resume.
Are we simply trying to psyche ourselves up for what we desperately hope will live up to a “mega fight” billing? I don’t think so.
Timothy Bradley must be taken as a dangerous, legitimate challenger, and his combination of technical skills and intangibles make him one of Pacquiao’s most difficult (recent) opponents.
A breakdown of classic attributes like speed, power, heart, versatility etc. reveals that there isn’t as wide a gap between Pacquiao and Bradley as one might assume.
So, who holds the advantage in 10 key categories? Let’s find out.