Lem Satterfield

Can Bradley topple Pacquiao? The experts weigh in

Keith Idec, The Record/BoxingScene.com

Manny Pacquiao late-round TKO Tim Bradley: Even if Manny Pacquiao suffers a consequential cut from one of Tim Bradley’s inevitable head-butts, his power and speed should be too much for the unbeaten Bradley.

While Bradley’s conditioning and will are undeniable strengths, he won’t be able to keep Pacquiao off him and can’t win a slugfest against a much more powerful puncher.

Record: 5-3

Kevin Iole, Yahoo!Sports

Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao had his troubles against Juan Manuel Marquez, but he always has trouble against Marquez. When was the last time Pacquiao looked bad against someone other than Juan Manuel Marquez?

Tim Bradley is a quality fighter, and I believe he will be in the fight. He will give Manny some scary moments, and it would not be the Upset of the Year if he were to win.

However, I believe Manny is the better fighter and will use his speed, power and experience to pull out a unanimous decision victory.

Record: 10-1

Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Enquirer

Manny Pacquiao KO 6 Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao will by stoppage this time. I think that Manny is bent on proving to the people that he’s still the same Manny.

I think that Manny wants to demonstrate that the fighter still is there. So if Tim Bradley chooses to fight, then it will be a sixth-round knockout.

Record: 0-0

Paulie Malignaggi, WBA welterweight titleholder, former IBF junior welterweight beltholder

Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Tim Bradley: I got Manny Paquiao in this fight. Tim Bradley seems super-motivated, and its difficult to pick against him cause he always rises to the occasion.

I have no doubt he will rise to the occasion once again I just think he will fall just short.  I expect an explosive fight.  Paquiao by unanimous decision.

Record: 8-3

Rich Marotta, Top Rank Live

Manny Pacquiao KO 10 Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao is too fast, he’ll throw too many volumes of punches, knockout in the 10th round.

Record: 0-0

Ryan Maquinana, CSNBAYAREA/BoxingScene.com

Manny Pacquiao TKO11 Timothy Bradley: For the first time in a while, Manny Pacquiao faces an opponent without many red flags except that he’s relatively new to 147 pounds–a point mitigated by the Filipino’s status as one of the smaller welterweights in the division.

Tim Bradley isn’t coming off a loss, has defeated several current or former titleholders, is one of the few fighters on the planet who can match Pacquiao’s stamina, and is hitting his prime. 

Combine those factors with Pacquiao’s last two outings, which were less than sublime, and it could be the perfect storm for “Desert Storm.” However, I think the styles work out in Pacquiao’s favor. 

Bradley’s swarming style offers a stark contrast to Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley, who were unwilling to engage.  I think Pacquiao’s speed and ability to use his feet to evade both Bradley’s pressure and his potent right hand will carry him through. 

After a furious tempest in the first eight rounds from Bradley that I foresee will give us an evenly competitive fight, I expect Pacquiao to take over in the last third of the fight and stop his valiant foe on his feet with a signature accumulation of punches.

Record: 8-3

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Shane Mosley, retired five-time, three-division titlewinner

Tim Bradley W 12 Manny Pacquiao: I’ve been thinking Tim Bradley. But I really don’t know. I don’t really want to go against Manny Pacquiao, because he has that funny kind of punching power that you don’t know about.

That’s the factor that you have to watch out for. If Tim can take Manny’s punches, then I’ll lean more toward Tim. But if he can’t, then, obviously, Manny’s going to get the victory.

But I know that Tim is very determined and he’s younger and he’s stronger. He may not hit as hart, but I think that he’s physically stronger, and that it’s going to be a very tough fight for Manny any which way.

If I had to pick one, then I would probably pick Timothy Bradley and I think that I would say that he wins on points. It’s kind of like when I fought Oscar De La Hoya for the first time.

Tim Bradley has that look in his eyes like “you’re not going to beat me.” That’s the way that I felt when I fought Oscar the first time, like, “you’re not going to beat me this fight. I don’t care, you not going to beat me this fight.”

That seems like it’s the kind of attitude Tim has going into the ring. Pacquiao has a different attitude. He’s religious, which is great, and I love the Lord and God and everything.

But his sparring sessions have not been as good, and he’s looking a little older and he doesn’t seem as hungry as he used to. Bradley looks very hungry. But Manny has deceiving punching power.

There’s no weight behind the shots, not like he necessarily hits hard, but it’s like, “pop!” and then you’re stunned. It’s like, “he didn’t hit me that hard.” I got stunned. So, that’s a factor.

But being that Timothy is so hungry, if he can get out of the first three or four rounds unscathed, then I think that Timothy’s going to be over to possibly overwhelm him.

Record: 0-0

Jack Obermayer, Fight Fax Inc.

Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Tim Bradley: At first, I thought that Tim Bradley could pull the upset as Manny might be ripe for the taking. However on reflection, I feel that Bradley has no real edge in any department.

Therefore, I’m looking for Pacquiao to beat up a guy who will be right there. Pacquiao by clear unanimous decision.

Record: 4-1

Jeff Powell, London Daily Mail

Manny Pacquiao KO late-rounds Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao will beat Tim Bradley by late-round stoppage. Manny simply has too much power, throws too many punches and has too much know-how at this level.

I think that Manny’s still a young fighter at the age of 33, and I think that he will be fine.

Record: 0-0

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Gerry Ramos, Sports International Network

Manny Pacquiao KO 6 Tim Bradley: Of course it’s going to be Manny Pacquiao in six rounds or less. So I’m going with a sixth-round knockout. I just think that Manny’s speed and power will be too much for Tim Bradley to handle.

Record: 0-0

Chris Robinson, The Examiner.com/BoxingScene.com

Manny Pacquiao W 12 Tim Bradley: I am curious as to whether Manny Pacquiao’s lackluster 2011 was because of the way his style matched up with Juan Manuel Marquez and Mosley or whether he has started to slip at age 33.

Tim Bradley’s confidence is at a fever pitch, but what worries me about him is that he often likes to stay aggressive and fight on the inside, a recipe that has spelled doom for past Pacquiao opponents.

Still, I like Bradley to give a great account of himself over the course of twelve rounds in a fight that will have the public debating but one that will see the judges favoring Pacquiao.

Record: 5-1

Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com

Manny Pacquiao W 12 Tim Bradley: This should be a fantastic fight.  If it ends up the Fight of the Year, it would be no surprise here.  Both men are aggressive in different ways and bring speed both ways. Both have something to prove, Tim Bradley being at the big dance for the first time and Manny Pacquiao returning from two lesser outings.

I think the need to prove will end up favoring Pacquiao, who has more experience and knows his window of prime is closing. I see Pacquiao out-landing Bradley often enough, and maybe stinging his man just a bit more, en route to a decision that could have some debate.

Record: 9-3

Michael Rosenthal, Editor of THE RING

Manny Pacquiao KO 9 Tim Bradley: I think this fight is about Manny Pacquiao. If he has slipped even to a small degree, Tim Bradley has the ability to topple boxing’s biggest international star.

If he hasn’t slipped, if his performance against Juan Manuel Marquez was a matter of styles and a great opponent, then Bradley could be in trouble. I suspect Pacquiao hasn’t slipped.

And I believe he is extremely motivated because of the doubters that emerged after the Marquez fight. I think Pacquiao will overwhelm Bradley and score a ninth-round knockout.

Record: 9-1

Joseph Santoliquito/Ring Magazine/RingTV.com/CBS Sports

Manny Pacquiao W 12 Tim Bradley: I see this is as a great fight, because you have two guys that aren’t afraid of risk. Tim Bradley will engage Pac-Man, and he’ll keep coming forward since Desert Storm has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

But Manny Pacquiao, I feel, has a need to prove himself even more. He knows the talk, and what everyone said after his victory over Juan Manuel Marquez. That he’s slipping. He’s distracted. There are cracks surfacing.

Regardless of his humble veneer, Pacquiao is an extremely proud fighter who wants to fiercely prove he’s still the best in the sport. One way to do that is dominate a quality fighter like Bradley.

I don’t see Pacquiao handling Bradley that easily, but I can see Pac-Man hurting Tim, and Tim moving up in weight may not be able to return the favor. Pacquiao by decision.

Record: 3-0

John Scully, trainer of RING and WBC lightheavyweight champion Chad Dawson

Manny W 12 Tim Bradley: Ill say that Tim Bradley gives it a heckuva try, pulls out all the stops and goes for it with all he’s got.

He makes Pacman work hard through the first half of the fight but finds that it is the type of fight that Manny Pacquiao looks forward to.

After making some needed adjustments, Manny finishes well on his way to either a late stop or a solid decision. If I have to make a definite choice Ill go with the win by decision

Record: 1-0

Tim Smith

Tim Bradley TKO 11 Manny Pacquiao: I’m going to take Tim Bradley in an 11th-round TKO. I just think that Manny Pacquiao is distracted. I think that therre are a lot of distractions for him. More than in the past.

I think that the past distractions are really bothering him and mean much more to him because these are not positive distractions. In the past, he’s sort of controlled his distractions. In the past, Manny has used them as sort of a way to keep his mind off of things.

But these are things that go to the core of who he is. People who have made these big life changes, such as this religious conversion, it sort of takes a while for things to take hold in your life. I just think that he may be a better person, but I think that it’s going to make him worse as a boxer.

Record: 0-1
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Ryan Songalia, RingTV.com

Manny Pacquiao KO 7 Tim Bradley: I have Manny Pacquiao inside of seven rounds. I think Tim Bradley is a tremendous overachiever in the sport who has risen above what people expected of him early in his career.
But he is stepping WAY up in competition here and never really showed in his earlier fights that he was exactly bursting out of that competition bracket.

Pacquiao is clearly not at his best anymore. But I can see him stopping Bradley at some point in the fight. These are just two different levels of fighters. On the extreme end, I can see this being a brief, Joe Louis-Billy Conn sort of fight, where Bradley’s youth and energy serve him well before Pacquiao catches up with him in the middle rounds.

Record: 10-2

Bob Velin, USA Today

Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Tim Bradley: Tim Bradley will give Manny Pacquiao all he can handle with his boxing skills, quickness, and head-first -literally — approach.

But he has never faced anyone like Pacquiao, who comes at you from so many different angles and is quicker than anyone else Bradley has faced.

And now Manny has 10,000 angels pushing him. I do not believe Bradley has the power to hurt Pacquiao, but Manny definitely can hurt Bradley.

If this turns into a toe-to-toe slugfest, Bradley has no chance. If he keeps his distance and frustrates Manny, it will be a closer fight. Either way, Pacquiao wins, probably by unanimous decision.

Record: 2-1

By a vote of 24-2, the experts have Manny Pacquiao winning his 16th straight fight against Tim Bradley.

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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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