Junior Welterweight

Boxing: Is Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao a Reasonable Fight?

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Timothy Bradley celebrates his win against Junior Witter for the WBC Light Welterweight fight on May 10, 2008 at Nottingham Ice Arena in Nottingham, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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Vitali SCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2011

"I think Bradley is too tough a guy for Amir, that Khan has nothing to keep Bradley off of him. Khan has nothing to hurt Bradley with while he's getting constant pressure. Bradley's the kid [sic] of fighter we'd love to have. He just comes off nicely as a person and is the kind of opponent I think Manny would welcome, the kind of opponent who is good for the sport of boxing."—Bob Arum, Examiner.com

This past Saturday, January 29, 2011, Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander stepped into the ring to face each other.

This fight not only created a lot of hype, but was easily one of the most anticipated fights in the recent past. These two young, unbeaten fighters were poised to give the fans what they have been waiting for—action and excitement.

I watched the fight at a local bar where they regularly show boxing events. There are two separate rooms in the bar—one was showing a UFC fight and the other Bradley vs. Alexander.  

To my surprise, given the present state of boxing vs. MMA, the boxing room was stuffed with people, while the MMA room was lacking a fanbase. I was satisfied!

The fight was admirable. Both men came in ready for war, and both stayed consistent and sharp. Neither Bradley nor Alexander ever abandoned defense or their self-confidence.

I had Bradley in a slight-but-definite lead when the fight was stopped in Round 10 due to an accidental headbutt by Bradley. Alexander seemed to be in great pain, as the headbutt connected with his left eye.

The replay proved the headbutt to be pretty hard, but accidental, quelling the boos and speculation of fans.

I think that both fighters showed heart and skill, and I certainly respect both for what they showcased in the ring. Both are champions and both still have very interesting futures to build.

Ultimately, though, Timothy Bradley is the WBC and WBO Light Welterweight World Champion, and that’s exactly why many fans think that Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao would be a very exciting fight.

Bradley is quick and relentless. On numerous occasions, I've heard boxing fans talk about this fight, and claim this would be the next best option for Manny Pacquiao...and all of us.

After carefully reviewing Bradley vs. Alexander, however, I found Bradley to have too many flaws for a chance of beating, or even lasting, with Pacquiao.

Bradley displayed an evident lack of accuracy, as well as a questionable post-offense defensive style. He tends to lower his hands after coming in with a light combo, which would instantly be picked up by Roach and taken advantage of by Pacquiao.

Bradley doesn’t seem to have knock-out power in his hands either, meaning that the only way to beat Pacquiao would be by points.

That in-and-of itself is a task to be anxious about.

Noticing that Bradley can’t hurt him, Pacquiao would march in and swarm Bradley with barrages of punches from every angle. In every way I've looked at it, Bradley cannot win.

Pacquiao is faster, stronger, better defensively and offensively and, of course, he has a better corner strategically.

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