Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Pac-Man's Focus Will Trump Desert Storm's Bravado

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 4, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose for 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 and Timothy Bradley will meet on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., and while Bradley's confidence has been extremely high, Pacquiao's new-found focus will carry him to victory. 

Bradley is so confident that he has already begun making up posters advertising a rematch—an obvious suggestion that Pacquiao will have to push for a second fight after losing this weekend. I appreciate Desert Storm's efforts to promote this fight, but he has been pushing it, and providing someone like Pacquiao with bulletin-board material could be foolish. 

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has rededicated himself to his wife and his religion in the wake of his marriage nearly falling apart just before his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in November. While Pac-Man used to enjoy late nights out, gambling and playing pool, trainer Freddie Roach claims he has set those distractions aside and is focused on boxing and his family.

The focus Pacquiao is now showing could be dangerous for the undefeated Bradley, who will almost certainly not be facing the same fighter who struggled against Marquez a few months ago. Bradley's confidence may be a good thing for him, but it may be even better for Pacquiao.

When Desert Storm and Pac-Man face off on Saturday, it will be a matchup between a brash, young fighter and the world's best pound-for-pound boxer.

When Pacquiao enters the ring, I think he'll be as focused as he has been in years. And Bradley may be underestimating a guy who has won 15 straight fights and is at the top of the boxing world.

On June 9, Pacquiao will show the world that he is better than he showed against Marquez and that Bradley's bravado won't help him in the ring.