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Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 2: Merchant says it's a "pick 'em fight"

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Fight sensation Manny Pacquiao (55-4-2, 38 KO) will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0; 12 KO) on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 will be a rematch of their June 2012 bout which arguably produced the most controversial verdict in the history of the sport.

Some fans and insiders felt Bradley's victory was well-deserved but the high majority insist incompetent judges rendered a bogus decision.

Will Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley settle matters in their rematch?

Chris Robinson of Hustle Boss caught-up with famed boxing commentator and analyst Larry Merchant to discuss April's sizzling rematch.

“I think it’s the fight that had to be made and I think don’t think Pacquiao needs to outbox Bradley,” asserted Merchant via BoxingScene.

“For me it’s a pick em’ fight.”

So what makes Tim Bradley so special?

“His resilience,” insisted Merchant, who served as an HBO fight announcer and analyst for over 35 years. 


"He came back and fought the kind of fight we didn’t know he had in him against Provodnikov. And then he comes back and he beats Marquez. Those are important statements.”

Although most insist Pacquiao should have won the verdict in his 2012 bout with Bradley, many in that contingent believe Tim is a much improved, more confident fighter today.

“I question whether Pacquiao can just outbox Bradley,” Merchant said. “I think he’s going to have to outfight him. And we don’t know if that’s where Pacquiao wants to go," Merchant added.

(The interview in its entirety is below)

Rated No. 3 in the pound-for-pound rankings by the prestigious RING Magazine, ESPN and FightSaga, Tim Bradley would be a difficult opponent for any fighter 140 lbs to 154 lbs, including Floyd Mayweather.

The WBO Champion, while "not pretty" in the ring, can adopt the role of the fearless aggressor as well as technical boxer, and can make adjustments on the fly.


Like him or not, Bradley is a complete fighter.

He's the quintessential 'jack of all trades but master of none' who doesn't overwhelm opponents with one or two signature strengths but with bits and pieces of different elements.

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2, which would have been deemed little more than a glorified sparring session a year ago, is now an intriguing match-up.


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