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Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Pac-Man Will Outlast Desert Storm's Best Effort

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines celebrates after he was declared the winner by a unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 8, 2012

Timothy Bradley is going to give Manny Pacquiao everything he can handle and then some when the two tangle on Saturday night in an epic boxing showdown.

It just won't be enough.

Pacquiao will outlast Desert Storm's best effort in a unanimous decision.

Bradley is 28-0 for a reason—he's one heck of a fighter. Bradley is an all-around fighter who isn't necessarily elite in any category, but he can beat opponents in several ways. 

Manny's defense and counter punches are going to be crucial in this fight when Bradley decides to be aggressive. 

He'll attack from several angles and capitalize on every Bradley mistake. Pacquiao will use his experience, speed and explosiveness to wear Bradley down. 

If this fight goes down to the judges scorecards, don't be surprised to see Pacquiao walk away with the victory even though it was closer than appeared. 

Who would want to watch Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather if he lost? I wouldn't. That's like wanting to watch the loser of the AFC Championship Game play the winner of the NFC Championship Game.

It doesn't make sense, and it's not appealing to me.

Both fighters have to stay clean in the loss column from here on out. Boxing can't afford to have one of their megastars lose in a fight because money would—and probably should—be lost.

Bradley would be placed on a higher level, which would be great, but his time to shine is in the future. Not now. At age 28 his best days are still ahead of him.

If he can compete at a high level, push Pacquiao to the brink and almost come out on top, people would still believe he's a top-flight contender, and possibly the face of boxing in the near future when Mayweather and Pacquiao decide to give it up.

He's ready to give Pacquiao a battle, he's just not ready to defeat him yet.

 

Prediction

Pacquiao wins with unanimous decision. Both land a decent amount of punches, Pacquiao gets pushed to the brink slightly, but comes out on top thanks to the scorecards. 

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