With the failed negotiations surrounding a super-fight with Floyd Mayweather, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is expected to face Timothy Bradley in his next bout. While the bout with Bradley is yet to be officially announced, both boxers have verbally agreed to fight in June.
Bradley is the current WBO junior welterweight champion, and he’ll be in for a serious test when he faces Pacquiao.
Even though Pacquiao will be a huge favorite coming into the fight, boxing trainer Jeff Mayweather is a little worried Bradley might ruin the marketability of a super-fight between Floyd and Manny.
“I give Bradley a shot,” Mayweather told Chris Robinson. “Bradley is a very, very solid fighter. He comes to fight and he gives you everything that he’s got. I just think that he’s probably going to come up short but he’s going to make Pacquiao look bad in doing so, once again. The only thing bad about that is the possibility of the fight with him and Floyd losing its luster.”
I do agree with Mayweather’s assessment that Bradley will give Pacquiao a tougher fight than some expect. While Bradley hasn’t faced the caliber of opponents that Pacquiao has faced in the past, he’s certainly not a push-over.
Currently sporting a professional boxing record of 28-0, Bradley has paid his dues over the years, handing respected fighters like Lamont Peterson, Luis Carlos Abregu and Devon Alexander their first pro losses.
Bradley plans to make the most of his opportunity against Pacquiao, and he’s confident he’ll be able to pull off the upset.
“A lot of people don’t believe that I belong in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, but I know differently,” said Bradley. “Don’t get me wrong; I think Pacquiao is a great fighter, but I’ve seen some things that I know I can capitalize on when we meet in the ring. A lot of the guys that he’s been facing lately haven’t been able to capitalize on his weaknesses… I feel that the time is right for a win against Pacquiao. I believe that he’s on a downward slide and he hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009.”