In less than 24 hours, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his title against undefeated Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Both men made weight on June 8, with Pacquiao coming in at 147 pounds, while Bradley was a pound lighter. Both seemed focused and ready for their impending showdown, but I was particularly impressed with Bradley’s demeanor. He didn’t seem intimidated by Pacquiao, and there is no question that the Filipino congressman will be in a serious fight on June 9.
“I’m ready for war,” Bradley told Max Kellerman after getting booed at weigh ins. “I’m ready for war. It don’t matter, it don’t matter getting boos. I’ve been here before. … None of this people in here is going to be in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. It’s gonna be just me and Manny at the end of the night. … I’m setting out to prove everybody wrong baby. … Look at my physique, look at how I look. I trained extremely hard for this fight, and they gonna see tomorrow why I belong at this level.”
Pacquiao also seemed pretty confident after the weigh ins, but he didn’t have much to say during his interview with Kellerman, simply thanking God and his fans. Manny’s teammate Amir Khan wasn’t as shy, boldly predicting a Pacquiao victory.
“I’m always going to back my training partner Manny Pacquiao in this fight because he’s been in with better competition and reigned for such a long time,” Khan said. “I think Manny will win the fight but don’t get me wrong it’s going to be a tough fight. I don’t think Manny will knock him out I feel it’s going to go the distance because Bradley is tough. There’s no doubt Bradley will come to fight, seeing him train on HBO 24/7 he seems focused and confident and he’ll go in there wanting to win.”
I certainly like Khan’s assessment, and I expect Timothy Bradley to exceed all expectations against Pacquiao. However, I don’t think he’ll be able to knock Pacquiao out, and he’ll probably end up losing via decision.
Boxingscene.com, “Khan Changes Stance: Pacquiao-Bradley Lasts Twelve”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.