A current online poll conducted by Ringtv shows Manny Pacquiao will win over Timothy Bradley Saturday night. At least 59 percent of respondents who participated in the poll said the eight-division world champ will win via KO. Only 19.4 percent say he will win by decision.
Pacquiao and Bradley will clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. At stake is Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown.
Pacquiao is coming off a controversial win over Mexican counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez last November 12 also at the MGM Grand.
Marquez, who is reported to be at the ringside on fight night, has been campaigning for a fourth fight with Pacquiao, saying he was robbed of his victory in their last fight. Pacquiao's promoter and Top Rank head, Bob Arum, who also promotes Marquez, is reported to be arranging a fourth fight possibly by year's end.
Bradley, who is fresh from his victory over Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor in the undercard of the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight last November, said he is confident he will win over Pacquiao.
To prove his assertion, Bradley has released a poster to the public which shows a rematch announcement between him and Pacquiao on November 10.
But Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, is not bothered by Bradley's assertions, saying Pacquiao's speed and power will spell the difference.
"Our advantage is speed, lateral movement with Bradley. When I say speed, I don't mean hand speed, I mean foot speed. He's in and out a lot, you don't know when Manny's going to come to you," said Roach.
"It could be a feint or you don't know when he's going to attack you. That's why he's been so successful. He doesn't necessarily have a rhythm. He's always changing."
Bradley has at least two options—to run around Pacquiao or to engage him toe-to-toe. Either way, Roach said, Pacquiao has prepared for these options.
"But we're ready for both. He's not really built to be a runner. If he does run, it's not going to be fast enough. He's very slow on his feet, so speed's the biggest factor in this fight."
Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz, said Pacquiao is not getting any younger while Bradley "has the youth."
Diaz believes that Pacquiao has "a lot of wear and tear on his body from 60 fights."
Diaz said Pacquiao, who turns 34 in December, looked particularly vulnerable during his disputed majority decision over Marquez in November.
"Manny Pacquiao hasn't been looking great in his last couple of fights," said Diaz. "Not that I'm a big Marquez fan, but I had Marquez winning by a small margin. But he won the fight."
More than 14,000 people will troop to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Saturday night, while millions of TV viewers from around the world will watch the fight.