Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer
The interesting fight of the week involves Tim Bradley taking on Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao at the MGM Grand on June 9, for the WBO welterweight crown.
It’s an important fight for both fighters, as Bradley is reportedly broke and will get a big payday win or lose.
For Pac Man, who has pretty much decided on calling it a career soon, he obviously wants to go out on top. He knows that the match with Floyd Mayweather is probably never going to happen, so he continues to fight what’s left of a pretty week welterweight division.
Is Bradley weak, at 28, he is still young enough to be a force when Pacquiao and Mayweather retire, and at 28-0- (12), he has a few advantages here. He’s five years younger than Pac Man, and sports a two inch reach advantage.
Pacquiao, 33, is ½ inch shorter and a southpaw. He comes in with a 54-3-2 mark with thirty eight coming via the “KO” route.
Here’s the big difference in my mind. Pacquiao is the better puncher by far and has fought much better fighters. He also is an aggressive fighter on the inside, which may well neutralize Bradley’s jab.
I can see only three ways Bradley can come out on top. An accidental head butt causing a stoppage, Pac Man getting ill before the fight, or injuring himself while entering the ring.
I just can’t see anyway that Bradley can win this fight. But I’m glad he’ll be getting a much needed payday.
Pacquiao by an easy decision.
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Hate to add a young boxer to this list, but former champ Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident and needs your prayers for a full recovery.
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Keep punching, always….Rusty