Pacquiao vs Bradley: Bradley Comes in 146, Pacquiao a Surprising 147
Earlier today, the fighters for the Pacquiao vs Bradley card tomorrow at the MGM Grand weighed in for their respective fights tomorrow.
The first fighters to step onto the scale was Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0 7KOs) and Teon Kennedy (17-1-2 7KOs). Both men came in at an even 122 pounds, which is the super bantamweight limit.
No offense to Kennedy, but he has no chance in this. Guillermo is just too good for him and Kennedy's style will get him knocked out. This fight will and should end by knockout in favor of Rigondeaux giving him his 10th career win.
Next was the undefeated contender Mike Jones (26-0 19KOs) going off against former title holder and KO artist Randall Bailey (42-7 36KOs). Mike Jones went first and weighed in at 146.5 pounds, which is really amazing considering his size for the weight class. Next, Bailey stepped on the scale and weighed in a half pound lighter at 146 pounds.
This should be a fairly good fight and has the potential to end by a KO. While Mike Jones should win this, Bailey still has a good chance if he can smother Jones. The weight of the gloves are in Bailey's favor and he still has his power despite his age.
The final under card fighters to step to the scale were four weight division champion (interim doesn't count) Jorge Arce (60-6-2 46KOs) and Jesus Rojas (18-1-1 13KOs), a fight that fuels the Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry. Arce was first and weigh in at 123.5 pounds. Rojas weighed in at the exact same weight of 123.5 pounds.
This should fight should be exciting and full of fireworks, as Arce is known to be an exciting fighter no matter what. Arce needs to perform well in this if he wants to get a high profile fight against Donaire or Solis later this year. Shouldn't be a problem as his opponent isn't as good as Vasquez Jr, the man he upset for his third title on the Pacquiao vs Mosley card.
Does Pacquiao's weight call for concern?
Finally, all that's left is the main event between Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2 38KOs) and Timothy Bradley (28-0 12KOs). First to hit the scale was the ever fit Timothy Bradley. He weighed in at 146 pounds while looking ripped as ever. Next was Manny Pacquiao who came in at a surprising 147 pounds.
Honestly, I would be a little concerned about this. This is the first time he came close to the 147 limit, even for when he fought against Margarito for the 154 title. It doesn't seem that Pacquiao trained properly. He didn't look as ripped as he used to. As a fan, I would be concerned about tomorrow and if Pacquiao still has the speed and power that made him so dangerous all these years.
I think the time for Bradley has come and Pacquiao will be closing out his career June 10th. Maybe this is what Pacquiao needs to get his career back on track, a reality check from Bradley.
Rigondeaux 122 vs Kennedy 122
Jones 146.5 vs Bailey 146
Arce 123.5 vs Rojas 123.5
Pacquiao 147 vs Bradley 146
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