Koncz: Bradley doesn’t have to beat Pacquiao; If he’s competitive he’ll be a superstar

By Boxing News - 04/09/2012 - Comments

Image: Koncz: Bradley doesn't have to beat Pacquiao; If he's competitive he'll be a superstarBy Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the adviser for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, doesn’t expect Manny too have too many problems with challenger Tim Bradley on June 9th. Koncz expects Pacquiao to win the fight, but he thinks Bradley could give him some problems along the way.

Koncz feels that Bradley will become a start just by being competitive with Pacquiao. I’m not sure that I agree with him, but I can understand him saying that because Bradley is now part of the Top Rank Promotions team.

Koncz said to Examiner.com “Bradley doesn’t have to win this fight. As long as Bradley goes 12 competitive rounds with Manny his life will change forever. He will be at the next level and be the superstar and maybe take the torch from Manny when Manny retires.”

I think Koncz is dreaming. Even if Bradley fights competitive, if he still loses the fight, he’s not going to be a superstar. That’s BS. He’ll be popular if he wins, but it won’t do jack for him if he comes up empty.

Bradley will be more popular just on the basis that he’s fighting Pacquiao in a fight that will be seen all around the United States and the world. That’ll make Bradley a well known fighter, but it won’t do a whole heck of a lot of he loses. If you believe, just and see what this Saturday’s pay per view numbers will be for the Juan Manual Marquez vs. Sergiy Fedchenko and Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril.

Marquez just finished fighting Pacquiao for the third time and he was more than competitive. He fought well enough to deserve the decision, but he didn’t get it and I’m not surprised. But that card isn’t going to do big numbers on PPV, so Koncz is dead wrong that Bradley will be a superstar in losing to Pacquiao. It doesn’t work like that in boxing. You become a superstar by winning and by beating someone like Pacquiao, if the judges will give you the decision that is.

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