Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley - We have a Real Prizefight on our Hands
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (June 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Manny Pacquiao - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
From the very beginning, I've thought Timothy Bradley was a tough match-up for Manny Pacquiao. Nothing I've seen, heard or felt leading into this week has changed that. This will be real challenge for the Filipino icon. Bradley looks to be the bigger guy in there and I think he'll show that he has much more craftiness to his game than perceived. In my opinion, the key for Bradley is to make sure he changes speeds in there, shuffles the deck and doesn’t become too repetitive. In other words, don't fall into the trap of doing the same thing over and over again. There are certain points in the fight where I think he'll have to back off and let Pacquiao come to him and box. At other stages he’ll have to come behind a hard jab, try and work inside and be physical. All the while, Bradley needs to feint often and tuck in that chin.
I think Bradley has a high boxing I.Q. to go along with his impressive physical attributes. He'll have to exhibit that throughout this fight and realize that at any point, Pacquiao can turn this fight around with one shot. Ostensibly, discretion will be the better part of valor for Bradley.
No, Bradley is not a great puncher but he is a well-rounded, tough, hardnosed guy with competitive character that Pacquiao will have a hard time taking care of. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a real prizefight on our hands this weekend.

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