Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Why Pac-Man Won't Underestimate Desert Storm

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 7, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30:  Manny Pacquiao warms up before his workout in preparation for his fight against Timothy Bradley at the Wild Card Boxing Club on May 30, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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When Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley enter the ring Saturday night for their much-anticipated bout, you can rest assured that the Pac-Man won't take his opponent lightly. 

On HBO's 24/7 program hyping the fight, Pacquiao has admitted to underestimating Juan Manuel Marquez during their November fight. The Filipino south paw eked out a majority decision win, and while I had him barely winning the fight, others thought he lost. 

When Pacquiao steps into the ring on June 9, he will be taking Bradley seriously. He knows exactly what Bradley brings to the table—especially now that Pac-Man has gotten rid of the many distractions that have surrounded him for most of his career. 

Pac-Man has rededicated himself to his religion, while cutting out vices like gambling, drinking, pool and late nights. His entourage has had to cut those things out as well, creating a more focused support group (via My

Trainer Freddie Roach has claimed on 24/7 that he believes Pacquiao has something to prove against the undefeated Bradley. It's pretty obvious that he does. There is a reason Pac-Man accepted a bout with a young, up-and-coming guy like the man named Desert Storm.

Bradley's strength is his unrelenting offense. He attacks his opponents for 12 rounds and doesn't stop. That may work against other fighters, but it actually plays right into Pacquiao's hands.

The Pac-Man loves to fight guys who come forward, but he struggles with counter-punchers. If Bradley pushes forward offensively, he's liable to get crushed by Pacquiao.

Now that Pacquiao is refocused and isn't taking anyone lightly, I expect him to come away with a win Saturday night. He's just simply too good when he's on and motivated. Bradley will likely bring out the best in the Pac-Man.