WBO light welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley claims to be infinitely better than Juan Manuel Marquez and, therefore, “Desert Storm” is confident he will batter WBO world welterweight king Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since winning an extremely controversial majority decision over Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) in their third match last November in “Sin City.”
“He couldn’t stop a 38-year-old [Juan Manuel] Marquez, so he’s definitely not going to stop a 28-year-old like myself,” said Bradley, 28, who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world.
“They may think that Marquez just has Manny’s number, but whatever Marquez can do, I can do 10 times better. He’s great at counter-punching, and I’m devastating at counter-punching. My counter-punching ability is unbelievable. I beat most of my guys on counter-punching. It’s effective aggressiveness with counter-punching.”
Rather than exchanging meaningless barbs, “Pac-Man,” the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, praised his upcoming opponent.
“I don’t know what Tim Bradley will bring in the ring on the night but we will be ready for whatever he brings,” said Pacquiao, 33, who in May 2010 was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines. “I know he will be 100% conditioned for the fight. We have practiced every kind of fight in the ring with four different sparring partners.”
Pacquiao, whose last defeat came against Erik Morales by unanimous decision in May 2005, continued to outline his recent sparring sessions.
“In our training now, we’ve started to do different techniques and movement and boxing and fighting toe-to-toe. Bradley is a different type of fighter and we don’t take this fight lightly. We have trained hard for Bradley because he is the type of fighter we cannot underestimate. Tim Bradley is undefeated and he is a champion.”
Bradley, also a former two-time light welterweight champ who has trumped solid pugilists Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander, is a fundamentally sound, and allegedly dirty, prizefighter who could pose some issues for Pacquiao.
Unfortunately for “Desert Storm,” he is simply not in the same class as the man named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA.
In actuality, Marquez, who has captured eight world belts in six different weight classes, is “10 times better” than Bradley.
As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, “Desert Storm” has feathery fists and won’t be physically capable of damaging Pacquiao when they scrap.
Manny Pacquiao possesses superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and Timothy Bradley is destined to land firmly onto Queer Street sometime prior to the ninth round in approximately two-weeks.