WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is a huge favorite going into his June 9 bout against undefeated Timothy Bradley. But former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz thinks the bout is a lot more even than it looks on paper.
Diaz feels Pacquiao will have his hands full against Bradley, and he expects a tightly contested boxing match.
“I personally don’t think it’s a fight that Pacquiao should take lightly,” Diaz said in an interview with Chris Robinson. “Definitely go out there, because Bradley’s a dangerous champion. Definitely be mindful of that. It isn’t just going to be a walk in the park.”
When the matchup between Pacquiao and Bradley was officially announced, it certainly seemed like a pretty easy fight for the Filipino boxer. However, things haven’t been going too well for Pacquiao’s camp, and his current legal troubles might end up affecting his ability to properly prepare for his upcoming bout.
Pacquiao was initially served with a criminal complaint — for refusing to send requested documents to the Philippines’ Bureau for Internal revenue, but he’s now being investigated for housing a fugitive as well.
With his legal problems slowly piling up, Pacquiao might not be as focused as he should be against Bradley, and that might end up being the difference maker in the fight.
Historically, Pacquiao has struggled against counter-punchers, and Bradley – who is pretty well-rounded boxer — might just have what it takes to hand the Filipino congressman his first loss in seven years.
Bradley definitely likes his chances against Pacquiao, and he expects to walk away victorious on June 9.
“He can be beat,” Bradley said when asked for his thoughts on Pacquiao. “I just need to get in there and follow my game plan. I know his weaknesses, his favorite combinations. In my mind, I’m definitely going to win. I’ll take it to this guy. … This is about being the No. 1 fighter in the world, and that’s what my goal has been for as long as I can remember. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.”