Manny Pacquiao: Why Timothy Bradley Would Be Best Opponent for Pac-Man

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (L-R) Timothy Bradley lands a left to the head of Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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While Manny Pacquiao still figures out who he wants to fight when he steps in the ring on December 8, the list of potential opponents is dwindling down, though the fact that more than one name is being considered is strange. 

According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, the names on Pacquiao's short list include Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley. 

Manny Pacquiao remains undecided about his next fight, but his promoter assures the Filipino superstar will fight either Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Within the same report, Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, is quoted as saying everything that is going into the decision. 

“Manny is being mature in his decision,” Arum said. “He’s taking his time, really thinking about it. Before, it was spur of the moment. Now he’s considering all of it.”

It is good that Pacquiao wants to do his due diligence on this fight, but the fact that Bradley hasn't been given the fight is laughable. 

Marquez is a great fighter who has a long history with Pacquiao. Not to mention, the fact their last fight ended in controversy, so there is reason to do it.

However, this would be the fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez if it were to happen. Unless you have an all-time classic trilogy that needs to be settled once and for all, it is hard to get people excited about seeing something they have already seen three times before. 

Bradley, on the other hand, is the most intriguing fight out there for Pacquiao that is likely to happen. (Floyd Mayweather would be a much bigger deal, obviously, but it seems like an asteroid will hit earth before we see that fight happen.)

No one has "beaten" Pacquiao in the last seven years. Bradley may have been given the decision over Pac-Man in their fight three months ago, though there is no one in the world who thinks that is the right decision. 

It would take almost no marketing at all to sell this fight but I am going to do it for you right now. Pacquiao is the heroic former champion who fought a better fight the first time around, yet he was wronged by the judges for one reason or another. 

Bradley is the new kid on the block. He is a 29-year-old undefeated star who broke the immortal Pacquiao's 15-fight winning streak. Despite the fact that he is the champion and will hold a victory over Pacquiao forever, he is getting no respect from fans or the media because of the nature of the victory. 

Not even the best screenwriter in Hollywood could come up with a storyline that intriguing. It is the biggest money fight that Pacquiao can take right now. It will give him the opportunity to avenge his only defeat since 2005. It is the fight that he needs to take at exactly the right time.