The no. 2 pound for pound fighter and reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will be defending his belt against the undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley. Boxing analyst Larry Merchant believes it is possible Timothy Bradley might get knocked out cold when he faces Manny Pacquiao this coming June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Is it possible? Yeah. It’s possible,” Merchant said.
Although Timothy Bradley has a fighting style which may prove difficult for the defending champion, Merchant said the fleet-footed American has never faced an opponent with Pacquiao’s caliber.
“Look, not many guys have been able to nail Bradley on the way in. He doesn’t come in a straight lines, he protects himself, he’s awkward, and a difficult guy to deal with,” said by Merchant.
“But he’s never faced anyone like Pacquiao. When you get to that guy on the top, we’ll see whether his kind of mauling, brawling tactics work.”
Merchant said it will be an important fight for Manny Pacquiao, who will have to show that he still has the same ferocity he has become known for. He added that the Bradley bout is also an opportunity for Pacquiao to prove that he only had a night off during his lackluster performance against Juan Manuel Marquez.
“This is a fight that could show us whether Pacquiao still has the zeal and the capability to fight on the level he was, say against Miguel Cotto. And I think it’s important for him to make a good fight after the Marquez fight and some of the other fights,” said Merchant.
Meanwhile, Timothy Braldey is confident that he has all the ingredients to come up with a big win when he fights Manny Pacquiao
“I have the speed, I have the power, I have the youth. I have all the tools to beat Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said.
But he said the most important tool that he’ll need against Pacquiao is his persistence. Bradley has been training day and night to make sure that he’ll give the Pacquiao a tough challenge.
“I think my determination is definitely a factor in this fight, I just have to put it all together on June 9,” he said. “We put in work, no days off. We work hard everytime we train, if I need to be at the gym, I’m at the gym.”
“I’m confident that I should be victorious on that night.”
The road and build-up for the big fight Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley has finally started. Ready yourselves for the trash talk (well Roach is doing the trash talk for team Pacquiao) especially we know each camp will surely throw it as near the fight. Get exclusive news, updates and buzz only here to most trusted boxing blog. Enjoy!