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Bradley is a tremendously skilled technical boxer.
Timothy Bradley is one of the best technicians in the sport of boxing. He's an accurate and effective puncher, and he has as good a sense of distance and ring position as anyone in the business today. In his last fight, against a supreme tactician, he controlled the distance and outboxed a dangerous puncher in Juan Manuel Marquez.
You don't do that unless you have more than a few tricks up your sleeve.
Bradley is at his best on the inside, where he can shake up his foe with quick, precise punches. He's also been known in the past to make good use of his head, causing him to earn the "dirty fighter" label from a few of his past foes and Marquez's trainer Nacho Beristain, who said Bradley is "very dirty," because he "uses his head, elbows," per BoxingScene.com. On the outside, he's a quick and dangerous counterpuncher who is capable of making opponents miss and pay for it.
In his heyday, Manny Pacquiao was a buzz saw. He would come forward and attack, attack and attack. Most of his opponents were so overwhelmed by the volume of punches coming at so many different angles that they couldn't mount any offense of their own.
When he settles into that type of groove—something that's earned the almost mystical designation of "the old Pacquiao" amongst fans—you'll see quick, short punches from all sorts of directions, and they'll come fast and furious. But he hasn't consistently been that fighter in some time.
In his last two bouts, he showed some glimmers of his old self. Against Marquez, before being knocked out, he seemed to be settling into a rhythm, and he picked Rios apart in November. The good news from that fight is that he fought every minute of every round. The bad news is that he never seemed to have his foe in any trouble.
From a pure boxing-ability standpoint, Bradley gets the nod here. He's more technically sound, and he boxed Pacquiao well on two bad legs the first time around.