Bradley: I’ve got to hurt Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley realizes what he’s up against in facing big money star WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on June 9th on HBO pay-per-view. This isn’t like fighting a normal fighter where after you dominate him for 12 rounds you’ll get a decision win.
Bradley has got to go above and beyond just beating Pacquiao if he wants to avoid getting jobbed on June 9th. He’s going to have to whip the Filipino star just to be safe.
Bradley said this during Max Kellerman’s Face off on HBO “I’ve got to hurt him [Pacquiao].”
Bradley goes on to say that he’ll do anything he has to in order to beat Pacquiao, whether that be slugging, boxing or roughing up Pacquiao. He’s going to get the works from Bradley on June 9th, and I hope Pacquiao can handle it when/if he sees his own blood dripping down his own face, perhaps blinding one of his eyes like in his first fight with Erik Morales.
Pacquiao didn’t fight well at all after suffering a cut from a head-butt in the first Morales fight. Pacquiao seemed overly concerned with the cut and looked almost timid once the blood started dripping. Surprisingly, Pacquiao hasn’t been cut as bad since then with the mostly mismatches that his promoter Bob Arum has set up for him.
However, Bradley is a different kind of fighter, one that leads with his head and who isn’t shot or weight drained from one of those god awful catchweights. We could see Pacquiao’s blood in this fight, and I just wonder how he’s going to react once he’s bleeding like a stuck pig in there. If Pacquiao spends time dabbing at his cut and looking at his glove to see how much is there, Bradley will be drilling him and making it even worse. The judges won’t be able to ignore Bradley’s fine work once he’s got Pacquiao cut and on the run for the first time since his loss to Morales.