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Bradley will not have a stellar 2014.
In the Rearview Mirror: Bradley, as a welterweight, is probably the front-runner for Fighter of the Year honors, and he deserves the accolades. He defeated two good opponents in 2013 in equally impressive fashion. First, he outlasted tough guy Ruslan Provodnikov in March in a Fight of the Year candidate. Next, he outboxed Juan Manuel Marquez in October to show his quality among the sport’s elite.
On the Horizon: Bradley will have to rematch Manny Pacquiao in 2014 in a bout that will go a long way in telling if the first fight was a fluke. Almost anyone who saw the 2012 Pacquiao vs. Bradley bout had Pac-Man as the clear winner. But the judges gifted the win to Bradley. It’s time for him to pay the piper.
Why He'll Fall: Bradley has earned his lofty place in boxing, but it will soon come to an end. He’ll be an underdog to Pacquiao in a return bout, and a rematch with Marquez isn’t a walk in the park either. Expect Bradley to fall back down to earth in 2014. It’s impossible in boxing to get the nod in every close fight, and he is always in close fights.