Bradley can stop the Pacquiao gravy train by beating him on June 9th
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has already screwed up in the past by letting big fights marinate too long to where one of the fighters gets beaten. It may happen yet again on June 9th when his number #1 fighter Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight strap against Top Rank challenger Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although Bradley is a decided underdog in this fight, he’s got the youth, speed and talent to pull off an upset if Pacquiao looks as deteriorated as he did in his last fight against 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez last November. Pacquiao fought well enough to lose a close decision on my scorecard. No way did I see him winning that fight, but this is boxing and popular fighters generally get the nod when it comes down to a judges’ decision.
If Bradley beats Pacquiao in June, it will wreck Arum’s plans of putting Pacquiao in with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sure, he could do that but who would want to pay to see that fight after Bradley beats Pacquiao? Yeah, it would still make a little money but not the huge cash that it would have made had Arum allowed Pacquiao to take the Mayweather fight in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Mayweather recently offered Pacquiao a sweet deal by offering him $40 million. Believe me, that money won’t be there for Pacquiao if Bradley beats him. Pacquiao will be lucky to make $10 million if Bradley beats him. I can see Bradley beating him because Pacquiao is starting to show signs of serious decline. You can see it in his physical appearance as well. He just looks older and he’s not moving around the ring like he used to.
In between rounds, Pacquiao looks like he’s 100 years-old. He might lose to Bradley and what will Arum do then? I guess he can rematch but it sure will look bad. I wouldn’t pay a dime to see Pacquiao if he gets whipped twice by Bradley. I mean, I wouldn’t pay a dime to see him now but that’s besides the point. I’m still waiting for him to fight Mayweather and I won’t pay for any of his PPV fights until then because I don’t like being ripped off in some of these terrible mismatches that Arum is setting up against his Top Rank fighters.
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