Saturday, 12 April 2014 14:41

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley 2: Head to head

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Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao will attempt to take back the WBO Welterweight Championship from the man who took it from him almost two years ago; undefeated, two division world titlist Timothy Bradley.
“Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2” will be presented by Top Rank, Inc. and broadcast on HBO PPV through regional cable and satellite distribution, as well as streaming online accessibility.

The HBO PPV coverage from Vegas will begin at 9PM EST/6PM PST.

This long awaited rematch, Pacquiao vs Bradley 2, has the boxing world legitimately buzzing about this elite level match-up. One of the many factors that makes this pairing a “must see” for all fight fans, is the way their first meeting back in 2012 was scored by the judges at ringside.

Nevada state judges, JC Ross and Duane Ford, scored the contest seven rounds to five, or 115-113, in favor of the “Desert Storm”, which consequently ended the Pacman’s incredible 15 fight win streak and created a shockwave of disgust and disbelief throughout the entire boxing community.

Although most ringside observers overwhelmingly scored the first Pacquiao/Bradley bout for the Filipino Congressman, the Palm Springs resident remains unbeaten through 31 fights.

Leading into tonight’s main event, the reigning title holder made the highly publicized and controversial claim that the fan favorite no longer possesses the “killer instinct” which originally made him a star.

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Is Tim Bradley correct in his assessment, or will Manny Pacquiao prove that he is still a force to be reckoned with?

Let’s look to the “Tale of the Tape”

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Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) - Born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines, the 5’6 ½” southpaw possesses a 67” reach and game changing power in both hands. Although the Pacman is 1-2 in his previous three outings, the proud Filipino rockstar still has the natural athleticism and skill set to compete at the elite level.

Manny has tremendous coordination and speed , which is coupled with immense power in his signature straight left hand. Since teaming up with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in 2001, his greatest areas of improvement have been in his footwork, upper body movement, and right hook to the body and head. His footwork serves as the foundation of his defense, as it allows him to move in and out of an opponent’s range, while throwing quick combinations without getting timed and countered.


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The Filipino icon also has much greater versatility in the ring than his detractors like to acknowledge. Pacquiao possesses the ability to act as the relentless aggressor at times, and can also use the entire ring while boxing effectively.


His elite level footwork and speed allow him to fire off an attack, while turning his opponents and fighting them at odd angles.

While the Pacman still enjoys the natural gifts and skills that separate him from most fighters in the sport, many have questioned whether or not the 35 year old version of Manny Pacquiao can dominate his opposition like he used to, circa 2008. Does the future Hall of Famer still have the killer instinct and hunger to become the Filipino destroyer in the ring once again?

Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) - Born in Cathedral City, California, the very athletic boxer/puncher fights out of an orthodox stance and stands 5’6” with a 69” inch reach. The undefeated fighter’s ring intelligence and elite level athleticism allows him to act as a virtual chameleon in the ring.

Bradley has the hand speed, reflexes and footwork to take the lead while closing the distance on an opponent very quickly and avoiding effective counters. Those same three attributes also allows him to use the entire ring proficiently while turning his opponents and boxing them at angles.
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Although the ring technician doesn’t possess elite level power, his greatest attributes in the ring seem to be his mental and physical durability. Tim is always in superb condition going into a prizefight, which allows him to repair quickly when taking any damage from an opponent.


Bradley is a very smart fighter and has shown the ability to make effective adjustments throughout the contest to offset his opponent’s strengths. His confidence makes him very relaxed in the ring, which consequently helps him work through adversity while sticking to his fight plan. Bradley’s confidence, determination, and conditioning will have to be at maximum strength to overcome and defeat a very motivated Pacquiao tonight.

Keys to Victory

Manny Pacquiao - To win this crucial rematch and take back his WBO Welterweight crown, Manny has use his superior footwork and speed to limit the movement of Tim Bradley and force him to stand and fight. This starts by positioning his lead leg outside of Tim’s lead leg, which ultimately limits his ability to pivot around Manny.
 
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Once he limits Bradley’s movement intelligently, Manny must use all of the weapons in his arsenal to shake Tim’s confidence and ultimately break his will. With the power and speed advantage, Pacquiao needs to fire off quick combinations to the body and head from different angles.


If he can limit Bradley’s movement with his footwork and positioning, while working consistently throughout the each round, Manny Pacquiao could get a mid to late round stoppage against a very athletic and durable fighter.

Timothy Bradley - To retain his WBO title and possibly send the eight division world champion into retirement, Tim has to mix strategies and keep Manny Pacquiao off balance throughout the entire contest. Trainer Freddie Roach has already stated that their fight plan is to be aggressive and outwork the reigning title holder for every round of the scheduled twelve round fight.

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Tim has to set traps for Manny and hurt him with counters as he’s trying to work his way inside. Bradley also has to sporadically tak e the lead to keep Manny off balance and unsure of his fight strategy.


This will require Tim to use lateral movement, quickly jump into range, and close the distance in a very short amount of time while landing the straight right hand.

If Tim Bradley can keep Manny off balance, implementing different strategies; using the entire ring occasionally and closing the distance quickly and sporadically, he could retain his title and get the decisive victory on the judges’ scorecards.

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 Official Fight Prediction

While most fight fans are hoping for a controversy free conclusion to the long awaited rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, it‘s wishful thinking on the part of the boxing faithful.

This fight will display both fighters having their respective moments of success with many difficult rounds to score. Both men are elite level athletes and can adopt and implement many different fight strategies, which they will be forced to do throughout various moments within the twelve round fight.

After the dust settles and every scorecard is gathered, the action will result in a split decision and controversial victory for the new WBO Welterweight Champion…Manny Pacquiao.

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