Top 5 Reasons Manny Pacquiao Will Beat Timothy Bradley

Evan Smith@@emoneyball22Contributor IIIApril 9, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Manny Pacquiao Will Beat Timothy Bradley

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    Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will once again do battle in Las Vegas on Saturday. Both men are seeking redemption after one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history.

    Many fans feel as though Pacquiao won the first time, and many of them feel that he will win again—officially this time.

    Here are five reasons that will help back up this claim. 

Pacquiao is the More Experienced Fighter

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    Timothy Bradley has a fairly impressive resume. He has worked hard and done a lot this last year to bolster his credibility. A big win over the ferocious Ruslan Provodnikov showed his character as a fighter. Bradley, who was severely hurt throughout the fight, overcame adversity like always to pull out the victory. 

    Then Bradley went onto beat Pacquiao’s main rival Juan Manuel Marquez in a close split-decision win.

    Despite those wins, Pacquiao is still the more polished and established boxer. His big wins in the past against top-echelon opponents such as Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya, among others, make him more experienced in the ring.

    This experience also means that Pacquiao is the older man, which is typically bad in boxing. And yes, many see the 34-year-old from the Philippines as past his prime. But in reality, he isn’t really that over-the-hill. One perfectly timed punch and a poor decision by the judges do not necessarily equate to being washed up.

    He will take everything he has learned from previous fights, especially from the last Bradley bout, to do what needs to be done. Look for him to press the action and dictate the pace of the fight.

Pacquiao Has the Superior Skill Set

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    In the first matchup between the pair, Pacquiao showed he was the more talented fighter. His footwork, hand speed and power set him apart from other boxers. Bradley is quick and elusive, but he lacks the power to hurt Pacquiao.

    The 30-year-old from California has his best chance while boxing instead of brawling: a formula he primarily used against Pacquiao the first time.

    Pacquiao will have to chase down Bradley. What has made the Filipino so devastating in the past is his ability to cut off the ring and create angles. This will be the key for him to showcase his skills against the agile Bradley. 

Pacquiao Is Seeking Redemption

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    Pacquiao and Bradley at the press tour
    Pacquiao and Bradley at the press tourAssociated Press

    After the first shocking and devastating loss, the boxing world wanted to see a rematch. That sequel is now upon us, and Pacquiao seems like he will capitalize.

    But Bradley feels like he won that first fight fair and square and is seeking his own vindication.

    He feels that people haven’t given him the credit he deserved for winning the first fight. He had this to say at press conference a couple of months ago: “I know everyone didn’t think I won the fight, this fight is redemption for me, to get the credit I didn’t get.” 

    Pacquiao seems more focused; he has a new mindset after the yearlong layoff he took prior to his most recent bout again Brandon Rios. He looked dominant against "Bam Bam," outboxing the 27-year-old. He will look to prove that he has not lost his touch and that he is still the Pacquiao of old—or at least close to it.  

Pacquiao Will Find the Fire in His Belly

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    The biggest criticism that Manny Pacquiao has faced in his last couple of fights has been his lack of hunger in the ring. Previously, Pac-Man would annihilate opponents and show no mercy. But in recent years, he has found religion and become a more compassionate person. 

    Timothy Bradley feels the same as a lot of people do: that Pacquiao has lost the edge to finish his opponents. He told Scott Christ of "I hope come April 12th Manny can find that fire and be the Pacquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those thirty six minutes that we will be in the ring I am not expecting any compassion from him."

    But Pacquiao's trainer seems to feel differently about the situation. Freddie Roach often makes bold predictions on how his fighter will knock out his opponent. This time he has been pushing Pacquiao even harder to get him to focus on that knockout. He had this to say, per Lem Satterfield of The Ring Magazine:

    But for this one, I think that he's a little bit angry about that. He always tells me that he wants to give the people what they want, and I told Manny, 'people want a knockout.' I think that we’re all on the same page. I think Manny's going to win this fight by knockout, and I think that he's going to look good doing it.

    While Roach continues to push his fighter, Pacquiao felt obligated to respond to Bradley in a calm manner. In Max Kellerman’s Face Off, Pacquiao quietly told Bradley: "He who humbles himself will be exalted; he who exalts himself will be humbled."

    And just like that, we could once again feel some of the fire brewing within. It felt as though we had just witnessed Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction recite a Bible passage before an execution.

    Pacquiao will need to dig deep, find that fire and push for the knockout. He can’t leave anything to chance: he has already learned that once...the hard way. 

A New Set of Judges

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    CJ Ross scoring the first fight between Bradley and Pacquiao
    CJ Ross scoring the first fight between Bradley and PacquiaoJeff Bottari/Getty Images

    In the sport of boxing, it is funny how three people can determine the outcome of a fight. Unless a fighter wins by a knockout, anything could happen. And that’s what occurred the last time these men fought.

    Regarded as of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, Manny Pacquiao came out on the wrong side of a split-decision defeat. The decision ultimately left the world flabbergasted. People at the time were outraged, crying foul on the judges.

    Even the sole judge, Jerry Roth, who scored the bout in favor of Pacquiao had it closer than the millions watching. Many spectators felt that Pacquiao had won at least nine of the 12 rounds.

    Duane Ford and C.J. Ross received tremendous backlash in the immediate aftermath and with good reason. Pacquiao was clearly the better man, according to CompuBox: He threw 493 punches and landed 190 of them, while Bradley threw 390 and landed 108.

    Ross scored Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez 114-114, despite virtually everyone believing that Mayweather had won in a landslide.

    The judges have been the most crucial part to the equation in this upcoming matchup. In turn, the emphasis has been placed on finding the most competent judges and ones that both camps could agree on. Already, though, one of the scheduled judges is no longer available. John Keane had to withdraw due to sickness.

    Now, Canada's Craig Metcalfe, Nevada's Glen Trowbridge and Florida's Michael Pernick will be the men who determine the winner on April 12.

    Metcalfe has scored many big fights, including the September Mayweather vs. Alvarez fight, which he scored 117-111. Trowbridge scored the undercard Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse fight 115-111 in favor of Garcia. This will mark the sixth time he is scoring a Pacquiao fight.

    This will mark the second time in a row of Pernick judging a Pacquiao fight. Last November he was ringside when he scored the Rios fight in favor of Pacquiao, 120-108.

    Assuming that the fight isn't determined by a knockout, it seems like both fighters will be in good hands.


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