Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: On Lumberjacks and Breaking Towers

Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IIJune 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08:  Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley (R) pose during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Antonio Margarito, way back in 2010, fought the smaller Manny Pacquiao in a 154 lb. duel. That was the highest weight the former 105-pounder, Manny Pacquiao has ever fought. Margarito came to the fight bigger at 168 lbs. while Manny came at 148 lbs.

Nonetheless, Margarito was so sure that he would win the fight, that he struck a deal with the “Affliction” sports brand, that he wouldn’t get a pay if he wouldn’t win. Twelve rounds later, Margarito’s grotesque face spelled how the fight came out. A broken orbital bone and a battered ego was Antonio’s heavy price. 

That’s how all those once-sturdy towers slowly fell down: Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton, all went tumbling down on the hands of Manny Pacquiao. Each fighter would say they will win against Manny, and all of them came out not the same fighter at the end. 

Going to the Timothy Bradley fight, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach holds his mitts with force, as Manny whacks the pads with conviction. Watching Roach hold the mitts is like watching a person holding a hot potato. This is how bad Manny wants to win. Since 2001, Roach has been there in Manny’s corner, and each fight became a learning experience.

When Manny was a one-handed fighter, Roach developed his right hand. Although Parkinson’s disease got the best of Freddie’s speech, both pupil and teacher communicated and bonded in a different level.

Bradley would be Manny’s comeback fight after two lackluster fights against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. An impressive win against Bradley would be his benchmark towards a Mayweather fight or someone significant. 

Timothy is no walk in the park. The five-foot-six undefeated fighter packs a great power and has an amazing work ethic. His most notable fights are against Joel Casamayor, Lamont Peterson, Kendall Holt and Devon Alexander.

Timothy, who used to fight in lumberjack yards and little ballrooms, will be fighting his biggest stage ever.  He was always the name being mentioned to fight Pacquiao and Mayweather whenever both superstars failed to negotiate a mega fight.

Bradley just continued to work on his craft and destroyed oppositions presented to him. This is how he gets a fight, and how he gets noticed. 

For most of his career, people always labeled him as an underdog. In 2008, Bradley travelled all the way to England to fight for Junior Witter’s WBC lightweight title where he decked the former champion in the sixth round, grabbing his title in return.

Bradley also fought a game Kendall Holt for a unification bout wherein he was dropped in the first and 12 rounds but escaped with a unanimous decision.

He went up in the welterweight division, carrying his speed and power and out pointing hard-hitting and former undefeated Luis Abregu. Bradley,through adversities all throughout his career, has one thing in mind… win.

Bradley has one big advantage against Manny; he has the hunger…he believes he could win, and he is confident that he could win.

Manny Pacquiao knows how hungry Bradley is. He knows how hard it is to fight a hungry lion. Bradley might be one of Pacquiao’s toughest competitions ever.

However, when Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya said that they would knock or win against Manny… it came out they were never the same fighter after. 

Maybe this time, it’s different…maybe Bradley has a chance.

From lumberjacks, to small club venues, all the way to the brightest lights in Vegas…two superstar athletes collide…Bradley comes to the fight determine…and for Manny, ...well, Manny comes to break another tower.