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02 SEPTEMBER 2014

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Bradley Vs Pacquiao ll


SecondsOut’s writers once again put their reputations on the line this weekend to predict the outcome of the world welterweight PPV rematch between champion Timothy Bradley and former pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

 

See below who our writers believe will be victorious on Saturday night.

 

This is another tough call to make between two of the world’s best 147 pound fighters. Bradley nicked a highly controversial decision when they fought back in April 2012 but since then Pacquiao has aged somewhat and suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez while Bradley sharpened his skills up against the rugged Ruslan Provodnikov and edged out the experienced Pacquiao conqueror, Marquez. At age 30 Bradley is approaching his prime and is now a better boxer/fighter than he was in the first fight. I see Pacquiao trying to box more in this fight to register the win and move on but Bradley will eventually force him into a fight, slowly rack up the points to secure a unanimous points win.

 

Bradley pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

 

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Pacquiao won ten or eleven rounds last time he fought Bradley, so I am not exactly sure what he has to do to win this time. My guess is that the fight will be closer. However, I expect Manny’s speed and footwork to be the big edge again. Bradley is an admirable guy and has true grit, but I think speed will set them apart once again.

 

Pacquiao pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut, USA

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I think this is going to be a very interesting, closely contested bout. Bradley’s confidence is soaring after posting victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, while some questions still remain as to just how much Pacquiao has left. I think he has plenty left, but I don’t think he’s gunning for the knockout so many people seem to think he needs in order to reestablish his place among the elite fighters in the sport. I think Manny will box smartly, as he did against Brandon Rios, but if Bradley presses him he will strike back accordingly. Ultimately, as good as Bradley is, even this version of Pacquiao is the better overall fighter and I think that will play out. I just hope the scorecards, whoever wins, are on the mark.

 

Pacquiao pts 12

Matthew Hurley

Quincy

Massachusetts

USA

 

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Manny Pacquiao is a hall of fame fighter well past his prime, which makes a dangerous fighter. He meets Timothy Bradley to settle the score of their last meeting that in reality had no winner. It was not the fault of Bradley, nor the fault of Pacquiao. The win for Bradley would haunt him, being criticized by no fault of his own. Pacquiao has not been the same since being knocked out by Marquez, many said he should retire. His life outside the ring affects his life in the ring, he is a true fighter in both. The fact is this, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both great fighters, Bradley has trained hard for this fight and will be stronger and more prepared than his first meeting with Pacquiao. The danger for Bradley is the possibility of facing a Pacquiao of old, the threat is real if this happens. Pacquiao has proven he can still fight, the question is, will he be the Pacquiao of the glory days when the two meet in the ring. I see a Bradley winning this fight, he is at his peak right now, a stronger, faster Bradley will prove to be to much for Pacquiao. I see the fight even through the mid-rounds, but Bradley will begin to wear down an aging Pacquiao in the later rounds, pelting Pacquiao with combinations to the head and body. Going out on a limb for this one, Bradley wins by TKO in round eight.

 

Bradley TKO 8.

Ron Valderrama

Houston

Texas

USA

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"Most feel this is an unnecessary rematch based off of their last encounter. Pacquiao seemingly won between 8-10 rounds according to many scribes, fans and various insiders. Pacquiao was the busier fighter, and on the higher end of the punch stats. Bradley couldn’t hurt Pacquiao and did not show enough in the other factors of the scoring criteria to justify winning 7 rounds. Bradley certainly gained more fans after his valiant win against Provodnikov and his win against Marquez. Pacquiao suffered a vicious knockout against Marquez since the split decision robbery and looked to have his best days behind him. That very well could be true but he looked sharp against Rios in his last fight. I feel Pacquiao will have to box the same way, using his feet and angles to compliment his combination punching. Bradley always seems to find a way and has tremendous heart. He’ll have to out work Pacquiao and pressure him effectively. If not Pacquiao will pile on the points. I think a much closer fight this time around will go to Pacquiao."

 

Pacquiao w pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA

USA

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This bout has all the makings of a potential classic. We don’t often think of our own mortality as long as our heroes are still with us and the case in point for many boxing fans around the world is none other than Manny Pacquiao. Although Timothy Bradley has shown that he can slug it out (as he did against Ruslan Provodnikov) or out counter, shake and move as he did versus Juan Manuel Marquez, I personally feel that Pacquiao will silence the critics, nullify the naysayers and get the result he rightfully should have earned two years ago.

 

However, this all depends if the Pacquiao of 2006-09 shows up on Saturday evening, because Bradley is going to bring it once the bell sounds. Tim has the tenacity, conditioning and most of all the mental toughness to make it through 12 rounds, but I don’t think it will be enough this time. Manny has experienced losses in two of his last three outings and he seems to have trained differently this time. He’s trained to win because he knows the height of the proverbial stakes and not just because he’s expected to destroy his opponent. If he uses the angles in the same fashion he so masterfully did in years’ past, then he can land a few meaningful shots in the early rounds and then slowly pick up the pace.

 

He has to stay clear of Bradley’s counter shots because as we saw with Juan Manuel Marquez, one punch can stop everything (even though Bradley’s last knockout win was against the lethargic Joel Casamayor, who was 40 at the time). I don’t think Pacquiao can get a KO against the tough-as-nails Bradley, but I think a decision is difficult early on, yet easier as the rounds progress. Late stoppage possible. Otherwise.....

 

Pacquiao pts 12

Marc Livitz

Austin, TX.

 

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Bradley has proven to be a much tougher fighter than many expected in the fights since he last faced Pacquiao. The bout against Provodnikov was something for the ages. However, Pacquiao looked as though he could’ve knocked Bradley out at will in their first meeting. I still think Pacquiao’s speed and constant activity will trouble Bradley.

 

Pacquiao TKO 9th

Andre Cristiano

Australia

 

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"Most feel this is an unnecessary rematch based off of their last encounter. Pacquiao seemingly won between 8-10 rounds according to many scribes, fans and various insiders. Pacquiao was the busier fighter, and on the higher end of the punch stats. Bradley couldn’t hurt Pacquiao and did not show enough in the other factors of the scoring criteria to justify winning 7 rounds. Bradley certainly gained more fans after his valiant win against Provodnikov and his win against Marquez. Pacquiao suffered a vicious knockout against Marquez since the split decision robbery and looked to have his best days behind him. That very well could be true but he looked sharp against Rios in his last fight. I feel Pacquiao will have to box the same way, using his feet and angles to compliment his combination punching. Bradley always seems to find a way and has tremendous heart. He’ll have to out work Pacquiao and pressure him effectively. If not Pacquiao will pile on the points. I think a much closer fight this time around will go to Pacquiao."

 

Pacquiao W Pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

 

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In an unusual set of circumstances both fighters come into tomorrow nights fight with redemption on their minds. Bradley won their first encounter two years ago in controversial circumstances and has been consumed with proving he wasn’t on the end of some favourable judging ever since. Pacquiao has had one comeback fight against Brandon Rios in Macau since he was devastated by the right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and has been accused by Bradley of now lacking the ’killer instinct’ that lead the mercurial Filipino to multiple word titles in various weight classes whilst becoming one of the most popular figures in the game.

What does Pacquiao have left? What is certain is that Bradley, who is one of the hardest workers in the business, will test Manny’s resolve to it’s fullest. Although Bradley has been telling everyone he will score a knockout I feel his best chance of victory lies in a technical adjustment he must make if he is to succeed. Pacquiao hit Bradley at will with his left hand so ’Desert Storm’ must avoid the Filipino’s primary weapon and use punches in bunches to take the rounds. However, by most peoples scoring of the first fight, Pacquiao was pretty dominant and although Bradley has improved I feel the former multi weight world champion will prove he still has that killer instinct and score a late stoppage somewhere around the 10th....and maybe will see a Pacquiao-Mayweather contest after all!

 

Pacquiao tko 10

Danny Winterbottom

Manchester

England

 

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Manny Pacquiao is a hall of fame fighter well past his prime, which makes a dangerous fighter. He meets Timothy Bradley to settle the score of their last meeting that in reality had no winner. It was not the fault of Bradley, nor the fault of Pacquiao. The win for Bradley would haunt him, being criticized by no fault of his own. Pacquiao has not been the same since being knocked out by Marquez, many said he should retire. His life outside the ring affects his life in the ring, he is a true fighter in both. The fact is this, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both great fighters, Bradley has trained hard for this fight and will be stronger and more prepared than his first meeting with Pacquiao. The danger for Bradley is the possibility of facing a Pacquiao of old, the threat is real if this happens. Pacquiao has proven he can still fight, the question is, will he be the Pacquiao of the glory days when the two meet in the ring. I see a Bradley winning this fight, he is at his peak right now, a stronger, faster Bradley will prove to be to much for Pacquiao. I see the fight even through the mid-rounds, but Bradley will begin to wear down an aging Pacquiao in the later rounds, pelting Pacquiao with combinations to the head and body. Going out on a limb for this one, Bradley wins by TKO in round eight.

 

Bradley wins by TKO round 8.

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix

Arizona

USA

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Of course I feel like most if the world Pacquiao won true first fight. I believe Bradley did really well against Marquez in his last bout. Was it mor Bradley’s skill or Marquez getting old? PAC looked really good in his last bout against Brandon Rios and I believe he still has something left and to prove when he and Bradley step into the ring Saturday night. I see Pacquiao dominating with his speed and quick combos eventually wearing Bradley down and halting Bradley late showing he still has killer instinct and maybe just maybe a fight with mayweather will finally happen

 

Pacquiao tko 10

Andrew Rivera

Albuquerque

New Mexico

USA

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When these fighters first met, I smiled when Freddie Roach predicted that Bradley wouldn’t win a round. Nine rounds through the fight I had to shake my head, because I had it a shut out for Pacquiao. As we all know, the robbery ensued, and now we are back at the rematch that Bradley predicted would happen all along. A lot of what is going on outside of the ring has impacted my feelings about this fight. There is no longer the hope that a win will bring us closer to a showdown with Mayweather. Now, it’s just an advancement in the Top Rank Round Robin Tournament. They even got that wrong by not having Ruslan Provodnikov as a semi-finalist. That being said, I predict Pacquiao will again win 10 out of 12 rounds. This time the judges will turn in cards that reflect the action in the ring.

 

Pacquiao – pts-12

Jason Pribila

Bethlehem

USA

Bradley always finds a way‎ to win & I believe he will do it again. His movement & skill will be key in this fight. Pacquiao has a point to prove & he wants to make an impact & I feel that will be his undoing. Pacquiao will dominate early on but Bradley will take over & get the decision on a more conclusive result.

 

Bradley pts 12

Lwazi Ndzobongo

South Africa

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Everything going into this fight favors Tim Bradley in my opinion. But the bottom line is I don’t believe Manny can fight better than he did the first time out, Bradley can and I think he will, which means he should win. Having said that because of what happened the first time out, I’ll call it a draw. You see everything in Boxing is backwards.

 

Draw

James ‘Smitty’ Smith

In This Corner TV

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

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his is one of the toughest fights to call for various reasons. I picked Bradley to beat Pacquiao when they first fought and he did (officially). I thought Pacquiao clearly won that fight, though. With that said, I initially picked Pacquiao to win this one but by a very close decision. He looks as good as ever and he likely has vengeance on his mind.

 

However, after being around the fighters all week and after reading as many columns and features on this fight for weeks, all the attention is on Pacquiao. The overwhelming majority of the media is either focusing on Pacquiao because he’s the much bigger star or because they don’t really give "Desert Storm" much of a chance. Or they just don’t care about him as much. Whatever the case may be, Manny is getting 90% of the attention.

 

Coming into the final days of fight week, Bradley is extremely relaxed and confident, but you can tell the detractors have motivated him beyond comprehension. Where in their first fight in 2012 he needed to prove he belonged in the same ring as Manny, this time he is out to prove he is among the elite and that his win over the Filipino was no fluke. I see an even more determined Bradley coming out and moving beautifully and banging when he needs to. Bradley likely will get rocked, and might get dropped, but he’ll fight an otherwise brilliant fight and eke out another decision, this one deserved. My official pick: Bradley by majority decision.

 

Bradley pts 12

Mike Sloan

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

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I think Pacman still has it. Bradley is strong but it takes more than that to beat Manny. Pacquiao by split decision.

Pacquiao w pts 12

Jerry Glick

New York

New York City

USA

 

 

Bradley = 5

Pacquiao = 10

Draw = 1

 

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