Pacquiao faces tough task against Bradley

  • Page Views 8204
  • Pacquiao faces tough task against Bradley Indeed, the latest instalment in Manny Pacquiao’s trilogy against American Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley will not be an easy fight.
    The much-awaited showdown is set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 9, some 11 months after Pacquiao dropped a unanimous 12-round decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the “Fight of the Century” on May 2, 2015 in the richest fight in boxing history, as well as one of the most anticipated and, ultimately, disappointing. They split their first two bouts.

    In their first encounter in June 2012, then unbeaten Bradley won by split decision, which sparked widespread criticism of the judges and an investigation by the Nevada Attorney General’s office. In the eyes of many, Pacquiao easily beat Bradley.

    In their grudge rematch two years later in the same arena in Las Vegas where they first met, it was the Filipino ring legend who emerged triumphant.
    But unlike their first meeting, this time there was no argument, there wasn’t any controversy from the judges after watching a skillful exhibition of speed, power and footwork from the Filipino southpaw, the only fighter in boxing history to win world titles in eight weight divisions. His victory righted one of the biggest perceived wrongs in recent boxing history. Pacquiao was on an amazing 15-fight winning streak when Bradley was awarded that dubious split decision. However, despite his advantage in nearly all categories – speed, skill, experience, talent, power and charisma – Pacquiao still had to pursue and pepper the tough-as-nails Bradley around the ring with an aggressive performance recalling the “Pacman” in his prime.

    Pacquiao has already announced that his fight with Bradley, and should he win a senate seat, will be his curtain call from the world of professional boxing. So this could be the last one before ending his history-coated career and retiring to a life of politics. The fighting congressman is confident that by the middle of May he would have been elected senator, and at that point he cannot engage in boxing anymore because he needs to focus full time on the senate.

    Should that happen, he would be following Mayweather into retirement. Mayweather (49-0) returned for his farewell bout by easily outpointing Andre Berto on Sept. 12 and then retired, as he said he would, though many believe he would still return in the ring. But for Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) to win again against the current WBO welterweight champion Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), he will have to work for 12 rounds. In a title defence against Brandon Rio last November, Bradley looked very sharp. And for Pacquiao, the long layoff and all the political stuff in running for a senate seat is bound to make it even more difficult for him. Then we also have to consider the age factor. The fighting congressman is 37 years old while Bradley is five years younger.
    And of course, health will also be a big issue for the Fighter of the Decade. Will Pacquiao be perfectly fit against Bradley? Will his speed, power and agility still be there?
    Remember, after losing to Mayweather, he has been out of action and he spent the rest of the year recovering from shoulder surgery after tearing his rotator cuff ahead of the $500 million megafight.

    One thing is certain. The third bout will be more exciting yet unpredictable. Once and for all, it will be going to settle the issue on who is really the better fighter between Pacquiao and Bradley.(Philboxing/GDNews)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 06 August 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      Netflix adds 15 more Filipino films this August and September

      Netflix is back with 15 Filipino films coming on to the service starting this August, including Netflix Original “Love the Way U Lie.” Staying true to their commitment to bring more Filipino content to the service, Netflix is announcing new films from Viva Communications, Regal Films, TBA Studios, The ...

    • 06 August 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      Kris Aquino’s TV5 show reportedly canceled anew; Ria Atayde thankful to host TV5 show

      “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino’s new TV show, “Love Life with Kris,” has been canceled again, a TV5 insider exclusively told Philstar.com. Kris, however, has not yet released a statement on the allegation. In her latest Instagram post as of writing, she gave a preview of her TV5 show, ...

    • 06 August 2020
      2 days ago No comment

      New mobile app to help notify Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available

      The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, today announced that COVID Alert, a new national mobile app, is now available to Canadians for free download. The app, first developed in Ontario, helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has ...

    • 06 August 2020
      3 days ago No comment

      Current and classic shows airing for free on Kapamilya Online Live

      ABS-CBN gives viewers a new viewing experience of its programs as it launches Kapamilya Online Live to provide livestreaming of its new and well-loved shows on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Offered for free and without any subscription fee, Kapamilya Online Live shows a mix of current shows ...

    • 06 August 2020
      3 days ago No comment

      Latest lockdowns dampen hopes for Philippine economic recovery

      A new lockdown has begun in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. The lockdowns are seen to dampen hopes of economic recovery in the country. On August 5, it was reported that the Philippine economy shrank 16.5 percent in the ...

    %d bloggers like this: