Timothy Bradley: "The time is right for a win against Manny Pacquiao"Written by Joseph Herron
Although the fight has not yet officially been announced, an agreement has been made between both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley to meet each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, on June 9th.
"The Desert Storm" doesn't think he can beat the Pac-Man, he knows he can.
"A lot of people don't believe that I belong in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, but I know differently. 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."
Even though he expects a very difficult fight, Timothy Bradley feels that the secret to dominating the Filipino icon was somewhat uncovered by Manny's previous opponent.
"In Pacquiao's last fight, I felt that Marquez finally exposed him. I know that he has a style that disrupts Manny's rhythm, but Marquez didn't do anything but sit back and wait for Manny to come to him and countered him all night. He didn't do anything spectacular. Marquez just waited for Pacquiao to make mistakes and took advantage of them, but he didn't take enough chances to win the fight. I will take enough intelligent chances to beat Manny."
The 28 year old Bradley believes he has the tools to enforce Marquez's fight plan to perfection and exploit all of Manny Pacquiao's limitations in the ring.
Pictured in foreground: Timothy Bradley, right and Luis Carlos Abregu
Photo courtesy of HBO
"I'm younger, I'm quicker with my hands and my feet, I'm a student of the game and an intelligent fighter, I can be aggressive, I can box, and I'm a good defensive fighter...so I can give him a lot of different things to think about."
"I'm an elusive fighter so I know it's going to be very hard for him to hit me. This is the fight that I've wanted for a long time. I've always wanted to fight the pound for pound best in the world. I know that some people have him ranked number two, but I still have him ranked number one because of his overall activity since Floyd first retired from the sport."
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hopes to not only create a Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao superfight on June 9th, but have the victor face the eventual winner of a proposed JMM/Lamont Peterson bout in Dallas, TX; creating a star-studded, four-man tournament.
Timothy Bradley, the current WBO Junior Welterweight Champion, likes his chances of winning the entire contest.
"Lamont Peterson...you know I've already done that, but it would be fun to see if I could rack up two more titles at Junior Welterweight. Then there's Marquez who's coming off of his brave performance against Pacquiao. There would be some who would say that Marquez provided the blueprint on how to beat Manny and that he is really the better fighter so I think facing JMM would be really good for me."
"But in boxing every fight is dangerous. If it's Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, or Lamont Peterson, every fighter is dangerous on fight night. So I just have to prepare for the worst on fight night."
Timothy Bradley feels confident that he will undoubtedly be successful against Manny Pacquiao because of something that he sees in the Filipino Congressman.
"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. He's been suffering from leg and foot cramps in his last two fights, and he just hasn't looked right. Something is just not right with him. Pacquiao is an extremely busy man and I'm just not convinced that his heart and mind is still in the fight game. I think he might be spreading himself too thin and it's perfect timing for me to pull-off the upset."
"The hurt business is not something that you play around with. If your heart isn't 100% into boxing, you shouldn't even think about stepping in the ring. It's dangerous business."
"You can play basketball, football, and baseball, but you can't play boxing."
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