Bradley will rough Pacquiao up
By Dan Ambrose: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) fight is expected to be officially announced on Wednesday once promoter Bob Arum finalizes the deal with Bradley’s manager. The fights’ going to be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 9th and Bradley will be moving up in weight to challenge for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization title.
It’s not going to be that big of a deal for Bradley to move up in weight because he’s already fought at welterweight previously in a fight against Luis Carlos Abregu in July 2010 and Bradley did well in that fight.
Pacquiao is a different story, though, and it’s going to be a much tougher task for Bradley to win this fight. But he’s got some things going for him that a lot of the previous guys that have been matched against Pacquiao didn’t have.
Bradley isn’t a shot fighter like many of the guys that Arum has put in with Chavez Jr. in the past three years. He’s not slow and he’s not going to just plod forward like Pacquiao victims Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey and Miguel Cotto.
Bradley is a good inside fighter and will likely give Pacquiao some problems in close with his rough tactics. Bradley has been known to bang heads with his opponents and it always seems to his opponents get the worst of it.
He also can throw an elbow here and there, along with some low blows. It’s not that he tries to do these things but when you have a limited reach like he does and when you bend forward it causes a lot of headbutts. We could see Pacquiao cut up in this fight and that might make it a little bit more interesting.
Pacquiao doesn’t fight well when he’s cut and if Bradley can get him bleeding, we might see an interesting fight. Bradley is a lot better inside fighter than Pacquiao, and that’s obviously going to be an area where Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is going to need to get him ready for. If Bradley can mug Pacquiao against the ropes, he might be able to pull off an upset or at least fight well enough to lose a controversial decision like Pacquiao’s last opponent Juan Manuel Marquez.