Floyd Mayweather. Miguel Cotto. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Shane Mosley. If bigger names guaranteed better fights, then the Mayweather vs. Cotto PPV would easily outshine Pacquiao vs. Bradley.
Luckily for anyone itching to buy the Saturday, June 9 PPV, names don't make fights: fighters make fights.
While the Mayweather vs. Cotto main event was undoubtedly entertaining, viewers were subjected to 22 rounds of lopsided boxing in the Alvarez decision over Mosley and the Jessie Vargas decision over Stevie Forbes that preceded it.
Given the styles of the fighters on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley card, there is a good chance that none of the televised fights will go the distance.
In the Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey bout, a rising talent in Jones will square off with Bailey, a veteran who has maintained devastating knockout power into his later years.
In fact, both Jones and Bailey boast a knockout percentage of higher than 70 percent and, as welterweights, both will look to impress: The winner may have an outside chance of landing a big payday against Pacquiao or one of the other stars in the welterweight division.
The next two undercard bouts feature smaller fighters in the 122-126 pound range, and lower weight classes are known for high-volume punching and exchanges; these two bouts should not disappoint.
When Guillermo Rigondeaux meets Teon Kennedy, Rigondeaux is largely expected to walk away with an easy victory. If his last bout against formerly undefeated Rico Ramos is any indication–a fight in which Rigondeaux thoroughly outclassed the WBA World super bantamweight titlist en route to a sixth-round–Rigondeaux will win in impressive fashion.
Though he sports a peculiarly short resume at the professional level for someone who already possesses a title (9-0), Rigondeaux has also knocked out seven of his prior opponents.
In the last of the televised under-card bouts, Jorge Arce will face Jesus Rojas. Don't expect much from Rojas, who just two fights ago scored a knockout over a fighter who came in with an 0-8 record; do expect, though, for Arce to make this an action fight for however long (or short) it is.
Arce is a fan favorite because he is a talented fighter with immense heart and, in the tradition of the many great Mexican boxers before him, he loves to trade punches. This fight is more of a tune-up/showcase fight for a highly anticipated matchup against the Philippines' second-best fighter, Nonito Donaire.
Finally, in the main event Manny Pacquiao will meet a very determined but equally overmatched Timothy Bradley. Bradley's relentless style and head-first attacking style will leave him open to Pacquiao's power, especially when Pacquiao uses his footwork to sidestep the charging Bradley and hit him from unexpected angles.
While many have voiced concerns over Pacquiao's conditioning, do not expect that to diminish the entertainment value of the finale of a PPV card that should be well-worth the money.
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