Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 breakdown
By DA: On April 12th Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will get a shot at redemption against Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) who controversially defeated Pacquiao with a 12 round split decision and in the process taking his WBO Welterweight title. I’m gonna point out the facts, Pacquiao missed a lot of his punches and HBO’s biased commentary would applaud everything he threw when clearly he did not land. But for Tim he didn’t do much at all to Pacman but stay on the defensive.
The Compubox shows who the clear cut winner should’ve been and it was indeed Pacquiao. Pacquiao out-landed Bradley by roughly over 80 punches. Though not many people know this, Compubox do not determine winners in a boxing match. Judges do not view Compubox and only view what’s going on at ringside.
That’s besides the point though, Pacquiao was robbed nasty and Bradley did get a gift. BUT, who’s to say the second fight won’t turn out differently? Bradley has improved in some areas of his boxing and he could really pull off the upset and justify his 1st win over Pacquiao. I see this fight being mostly who can outbox who because both men are gifted with some fast hands. But let’s be honest here, Bradley might’ve improved but were his decisions over Ruslan Provodnikov and Marquez that impressive?
Yes, Bradley might’ve beat them but was he impressive doing it or was it a sloppy fight? I saw his decision over Provodnikov as a disputed decision and his victory over Marquez sloppy. Bradley isn’t a very accurate fighter, the way I see it is he sticks and moves effectively while throwing a lot of punches but landing a few. It might’ve looked as if he was totally countering Marquez but that’s not the case, he barely won the fight and Compubox showed he out-landed Marquez by 11 punches alone and had fewer power punches connected. But like I said compubox do not determine winners in prize fighting.
As for the Provodnikov fight, some argue there should’ve been more knockdowns for Ruslan, and some even say he should’ve been given the decision. I saw Bradley winning that fight and deserving the nod and he showed tremendous heart as well. Bradley not known for his power left Ruslan swelled and bruised from his face, Bradley fought like a lion that night.
Now as for Pacquiao, he was brutally knocked out by his nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Pacquiao took almost all of 2013 off and came back with a lopsided decision against Brandon Rios in Macao, China. Though what I question is why wasn’t Mike Alvarado chosen as Pacquiao’s opponent, since he beat Rios. It doesn’t matter now, Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios utilizing his speed to faze Rios and make him cover up.
It’s still safe to say Pacquiao is deteriorating as a fighter simply because of his age and being knocked out at this age does take a lot away. Watching Pacquiao, Bradley said Pac doesn’t have his killer instinct anymore because he had chances to finish Rios and didn’t. I find that false.
Last time Pacquiao was on the verge of finishing a man off he got countered and put to sleep for a few minutes. I saw it as Pacquiao being cautious and not trying to run into one of Rios power blows because Rios does pack a punch. But Tim maybe kidding himself because I see Pacquiaos vow of finishing Bradley off serious.
Pacquiao won’t have too worry about being countered an dropped because Bradley isn’t a power puncher and isn’t likely to knockout Pacquiao. But like I said before I see this as mostly a match to see who can outbox the other and with some brawling moments. I don’t see anyone being dropped or knocked out here.
This fight won’t be like the other where we all knew who won, it will be much more competitive. I see the relentless Pacquiao trying to finish off Bradley and Bradley moving and mixing it up. But for my prediction I see Pacquiao looking to finish what he started and actually get the nod in a closer much more competitive fight: Pacquiao by Split Decision.