Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16
Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao
Boxing: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Manny Pacquiao -230 / Timothy Bradley +190 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBO International Welterweight title.
Manny Pacquiao enters this fight with a 57-6-2 record that includes 38 knockouts. Pacquiao has split his last six fights and is coming off a May loss to Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao is clearly on the decline at 37 years old and injuries have also played a part in three losses since 2012. However, Pacquiao needs no introduction, as he’s extremely accomplished and still has the quickness and movement to give his opponent fits. Pacquiao also has underrated power given his age despite not having a knockout since 2009. Pacquiao may no longer be the classic Pacman we remember, but he’s still a force when healthy and has the quickness, power compilation to hang with anyone. Seven of Pacquiao’s last nine fights have been in Las Vegas.
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Timothy Bradley Jr. enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Bradley has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a November win over Brandon Ríos. Bradley remains one of the better technical boxers in the sport and does a good job of controlling the pace of a fight. Bradley still has quick hands despite getting up there in age and is usually in great shape to help him last all 12 rounds. The concern with Bradley has always been his lack of punching power, as he can get in trouble when getting into a brawl against a physical boxer. However, Bradley is fresh off his first knockout since 2011, so he still has a little something left in the tank. This will be Bradley’s seventh fight in Las Vegas.
This should be a hell of a fight between two guys who have beaten each other once already. Bradley won in 2012 and Pacquiao won in 2014. Bradley does have the reach advantage and is younger, but Pacquiao is simply the better overall boxer and will be eager to bounce back after losing to Mayweather last year.
I expect Pacquiao to come out in good form and get an impressive bounce back victory.