Boxing Preview: Bradley battles Pacquiao – Saturday June 9 2012By Chico Rodriguez • Jun 2nd, 2012 • Category: BOXING / MMA
Timothy Bradley will take on Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV on June 9th, 2012 for the WBO Welterweight title. Pacquiao enters the bout with a 54-3-2 record and 38 KOs while Bradley will put his perfect 28-0 record on the line.
Ucabet sportsbook oddsmakers do not have much faith in Timothy Bradley as he is currently a +340 underdog. Pacquiao is set as a -420 favorite and should see most of the money bet on him once all of the boxing fans get into Las Vegas for the fight.
In his last fight against Juan Marquez, Pacquiao was not at his best and left a bitter taste in the mouths of boxing fans with the controversial finish. Soundly defeating Bradley will help Pacquiao reclaim his status as the best pound for pound fighter on the planet.
Timothy Bradley is fighting for much more than the WBO Welterweight title, he is fighting to gain some recognition. Even though Bradley has been a world champion since 2008, the boxer is largely unkown outside of the hardcore boxing world. A victory over Manny Pacquiao will certainly vault Bradely into the forefront of the boxing world and help him become a household name.
The bout between Bradley and Pacquiao will be one of contrasting styles. Bradley is an inside fighter who likes to win the ugly rounds. He will look to get inside of Pacquiao’s punches and take his opportunities when they present themselves. Bradley is also known to lead with his forehead when throwing punches, and has caused several gashes to open up on the head’s of his opponents, which could be troublesome for Pacquiao in this match. If a cut is opened on Pacquiao’s head, it will be interesting to see how he handles fighting with blood on his face.
When it comes to Manny Pacquiao in this fight, boxing fans are eager to see if he can return to his old form. Pacquiao has much more speed than Bradley is used to, and should be able to land punches from angles Bradley is not used to seeing. If Manny can utilize his speed in this fight, he should have no problem beating Bradley, possibly leading to a highly anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather.