28-0. 12 KOs. Multiple titles at 140 pounds. Hard-nosed wins, a few spills to the canvas here and there but in all a perfect record poised to go to the next level. Tonight, Tim Bradley’s brand of blue collar work ethic and take no prisoners style will come together to see if he can topple the Manny Pacquiao train.
Bradley has taken on the best of his division with one exception” Amir Khan. People will still criticize Bradley for that but there may be time to make that fight happen, unlike the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight which will never happen. Now, he takes on the greatest challenge any fighter can ask for. And he does it without a lot of knockout power, without the reach advantage, and as the new kid on the Top Rank block. It’s going to be interesting to see what game plan or plans he brings to bear.
Bradley uses a mix of right hands, hard lefts to the body and a grapple you in close and muscle you around approach to wear out and dominate fighters. Can he do that to Manny Pacquiao? I’m not sure.Pacquiao’s feet are faster, more agile and more experienced. Footwork will be key in this fight.
The Bradley Way is to break down opponents. The Manny Way is to move you into shots while dancing all around you. Which way will the fight go? You tell me, fight fans.