Manny Pacquiao gets the rematch he craves against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley this weekend, but the outcome looks likely to be the same for the Filipino legend, another points loss.
Two years ago, Pacquiao seemed to have outpointed Bradley by a wide margin at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the Californian from Palm Springs was given a verdict even he didn’t expect – or deserve. Poor judging was the consensus that night.
Since then, though, Bradley, 30, has remained unbeaten, taking his record to 31 with 12 knockouts. When they meet at the same venue on Saturday night, Bradley will face a shop-worn Pacquiao, who at 35 is at least three years in decline.
Pacman may be an eight-weight division champ and has lost only five times in 62 contests, scoring 38 knockouts along the way, but he is substantially jaded and less effective, nevertheless, evidenced by the stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez six months after the Bradley setback.
In a recent TV confrontation, Bradley taunted Pacquiao, saying his skills may not have diminished but his resolve and punch power have, and he would take every advantage.
A repeat Bradley points victory – only this time fully deserved – in another terrific scrap, seems the most probable outcome this time.
Meanwhile, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, thinks that his former fighter Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) is capable of beating Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs), if the fight happens.
Roach goes as far as insisting that Khan has been ready to beat Mayweather ever since he was trained by him two years ago.
Khan dumped Roach after his successive losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. Nevertheless, Roach retains great faith in the 27-year-old Brit.
Khan’s wins while being trained by Roach were largely over lesser fighters or opponents who were past their best, like Zab Judah.
Khan faces Luis Collazo on the undercard of the Mayweather-Marcos Maidana bill in Las Vegas on May 3.