Manny Pacquiao will have to dig deep, says Manny StewardWritten by Joseph Herron
On Saturday, June 9th, Manny Pacquiao will step back in the ring and face the undefeated Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
The HBO PPV special attraction will mark Manny's first bout since scoring a very controversial victory over his nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in November of 2011. After adopting a more wholesome outlook on life and rededicating himself to his faith, will Manny Pacquiao have problems facing a young and hungry undefeated opponent?
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward chimes in with his thoughts on this superb match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
"Going into this fight, Pacquiao should have the edge," states Manny Steward. "But this is by no means an easy fight. "
"All credit goes to Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao for putting together two difficult fights consecutively at the top level of the sport. This is very good for boxing."
"I usually analyze the level of difficulty going into the bout by the mental make-up of the two fighters, because that's what boxing is about; one on one competition. This fight is going to tell us a lot about both fighters."
"I was watching George Foreman versus Ron Lyle yesterday with Brian Vera and Edwin Rodriguez, who are currently helping Andy Lee prepare for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on June 16th, and that bout was decided by who the tougher man was on the inside."
"There are always certain match-ups in every fighter's career that you can't win on talent alone; when you have to dig down deep and really prove how badly you want the victory. Just like Ali had to do against Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton. There are always going to be fighters who stylistically give you problems, and those fights separate the great fighters from the good fighters."
"In his last fight, Manny Pacquiao really had to dig deep and face an opponent who was just as tough as he was mentally and physically, and it really showed on fight night. Marquez could have won that fight if his trainer Nacho Beristain had created more of a sense of urgency in the final round."
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"I believe that Manny Pacquiao will be facing another fighter who is just as tough as he is mentally and physically on June 9th. I believe that Manny will have to dig down deep once again for the victory because he is fighting a very strong minded guy. Timothy Bradley might be the strongest minded opponent he's faced up to this point...maybe even tougher than Marquez."
"Of course Marquez has the skill set to give a fighter like Manny stylistic problems; but based on mental toughness alone, this could be one of Manny's most difficult fights."
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The "Trainer of Champions" is very familiar with the character of both fighters and is very impressed with the work ethic and mindset of the undefeated Jr. Welterweight Champion.
"I've been familiar with Tim Bradley since he was about 14 or 15 years old. He's always been a very tough kid and was bit of a street thug when he was growing up. He lost some fights in the amateurs facing guys who were taller and rangier than he was in three round bouts; but I believe if those bouts had been 10 or 12 rounds he would have won those fights too."
"He thinks for himself and he is truly his own man. Physically, Bradley is always in great condition and is going to be Manny's equal. Mentally, I think Tim is Pacquiao's rival as well. I just wonder how hungry Manny will be at this stage in his career."
"Bradley right now at this stage in his career is a very hungry and determined fighter. If Manny isn't 100% focused for this fight on June 9th, it will be a very tough night for him."
Many questions will indeed be answered concerning both fighters on Saturday, June 9th.