Before Timothy Bradley could get his shot to upend WBO champion Manny Pacquiao, the two fighters had to step to the scales and get their official fight weights. The weigh-in took place earlier today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., and the results may shock you.
Undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley tipped the scales at 146 pounds, while the champion—and pound-for-pound great—Manny Pacquiao came in at a heavier than usual 147 pounds.
Pacquiao's heavier than normal weight is not a good sign for the eight-division champ, as he usually comes in at the 143-145 lbs range. Pacquiao came in at 143 pounds in his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, and the few extra pounds are bigger than they sound.
The problems going on (as reported by Yahoo! Sports) between "Pacman's" longtime trainer Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza, his strength and conditioning coach, may be why Pacquio is a bit heavier than usual.
Even with Pacquiao's camp trying to downplay the problems, the extra few pounds could easily be linked to his trainer camps not running as smoothly as usual.
Bradley looked like he was in tip-top shape; ready to shock the world and hand "Pacman" his first loss since 2005 when he lost to Erik Morales via unanimous decision.
ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael has felt a strange feeling in the air amongst the analysts, experts and fellow boxers that attended the weigh-in; and that's not usual for a Pacquiao fight.
Upset IS in air. One veteran experienced person just said 'Manny's getting stopped.' Another said 'He doesn't look right.' #PacBradley— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) June 8, 2012
Not sure if "Pacman" will get knocked out, but one thing is for sure: Pacquiao is in for a battle, and as I predicted, Bradley will be victorious and we'll likely see the rematch that Bradley has been promoting at the press conferences sometime in November.