Negotiations between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather didn’t go too well. And the Filipino congressman is now scheduled to face undefeated Timothy Bradley on June 9.
Pacquiao will be a huge favorite coming into the bout, but Bradley remains confident about his chances.
“I belong at the top and that’s why I’m so confident,” Bradley said in a recent interview with Percy Crawford. “Don’t nobody know what I’ve been doing, man. They don’t know if I’ve been training or what, because I can say anything, but I’m a fighter man, and Pacquiao knows I’m a threat. That’s why he’s starting camp so early. Pacquiao has been in my shoes before and that’s what it boils down to. He knows exactly what he’s up against.”
Even though Pacquiao is the more experienced fighter, a win isn’t exactly guaranteed against Bradley. Pacquiao’s squeaky clean image as been under attack lately, and his legal problems just might be taking a toll on him – the Philippines’ Bureau for Internal Revenue filed contempt charges against him for failing to submit requested documents, and he’s also being investigated for harboring a fugitive.
A 100 percent focused Pacquiao shouldn’t have any problems against Bradley, but I’m not sure he’ll be at his very best in June. Pacquiao didn’t exactly look impressive in his last boxing match against Juan Manuel Marquez last year – I personally scored the bout in favor of Marquez. And he’ll be in for a long night, if the Pacquiao that faced Marquez shows up in June.
Luckily for Pacquiao, it’s very unlikely that he loses a decision in Las Vegas. And Bradley will have to finish him if he wants to walk away victorious.
While Pacquiao prepares for his showdown with Bradley, Mayweather is getting ready for his May 5 bout with Miguel Cotto. A win for either Bradley or Cotto will certainly jeopardize a potential mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.