Bradley: Pacquiao has beat a lot of past their prime fighters
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley does seen WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as a good fighter, but unfortunately he noted that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has matched him up against a bunch old past their prime fighters one after another to keep Pacquiao out of danger and to keep the gravy train money flowing.
Bradley said to eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio Program “A lot of the guys that he’s been facing, year, they do have names, they’ve been around awhile, but they’re past their primes. You know I’m right in my prime, so I think that I will definitely give him a great match-up.”
So true; so true. Pacquiao has fought a lot of old past their prime ex-champs and done well against those guys. Unfortunately, one of the old guys just lost to Pacquiao by one of those controversial decisions that make you feel bad about the sport. 38-year-old lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez did a number on Pacquiao last November, losing by a 12 round decision that basically the whole world disagreed with except for the Philippines.
The match-making that Arum has been doing with him matching Pacquiao against over the hill fighters finally bit him in the backside again with Marquez fighting well enough to deserve the decision – again. He’d already lost a fight to Pacquiao in 2008 in what many boxing fans saw Marquez winning. And in 2004, Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a 12 round draw in a fight where Marquez appeared to win that one as well.
Bradley is a different kind of fighter. He’s someone that can box and slug, and he’s not easy to hit. Pacquiao is going to have a lot of problems landing his shots in this fight with Bradley’s head movement and foot speed. Bradley is like Mayweather Jr-lite. He does a lot of the same thing that Mayweather does but in a smaller package. The only question about this fight is if Bradley has enough size to carry him to victory, because he clearly has the better skills compared to Pacquiao.