Boxing – Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley Opens Close!

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After working his way to a relatively anonymous 28-0 record, could Timothy Bradley be the man to derail the Pacquiao myth?

On June 9th, Manny Pacquiao will face off against undefeated Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.  After the disappointment of yet another failure to make the highly anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr fight, many people are looking past this fight and Timothy Bradley.  That might be a mistake, for two reasons.  The first reason is that Bradley is a skilled, undefeated fighter who could potentially threaten Pacquiao.  The second reason is a little more ominous – there are more signs than ever that the Pacquiao star’s shine may be losing some of it’s luster.  Pacquiao is at -360, with the comeback on Bradley at +290.  Check out the lines at

Even the match with Mayweather seemed a bit less interesting after Pacquiao’s last outing, where he looked beatable against Juan Manuel Marquez.  Granted, Marquez has always been a foil to Pacquiao, as this was their third controversial meeting, but few can deny that the Pacquiao camp was more subdued than usual after that fight.

Now there is talk that Pac-Man is talking retirement after one or two more fights.  There are reports of strife in his camp, including fights with his wife Jinkie.  There are also strong rumors of some financial woes, and Pacquiao himself has been talking about a type of religious awakening, and that God is telling him he shouldn’t hurt people.  Sounds like a bad sign for a boxer.  Coach Freddie Roach has been doing damage control, but he has not been able to hide some expressions of limited concern over Pacquiao’s statements.

Bradley was fast tracked for this bout only after signing with TOP RANK, and he has been patient in building his career and not rushing.  He missed out on a lucrative Amir Khan fight earlier this year while working out his management issues, but was rewarded with perhaps the most lucrative fight of all – Pacquiao.

This will lead to a very motivated Bradley.  He is known as a gym rat, and his undefeated record has withstood challenges from two other highly rated, undefeated fighters in Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander.  He has ended streaks before, granted none so big as Pacquiao’s, but he now has three months to prepare.  At 28, Bradley seems to be on a different trajectory than Pacquiao.  Young and hungry no longer describes the Philipino superman.  Sign up and join me.  I’m taking Bradley on this one.  As we get closer to the fight we will analyze it further.  I expect money to come in on Pac-Man and to drive the line further up, possibly making Bradley an even better underdog value.

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