Pacquiao needs a KO to beat Mayweather, says Marquez

Manny Pacquiao will need a knockout for him to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd, according to Pacquiao’s old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. For some reason, Marquez doesn’t see Pacquiao as capable of winning a decision in Mayweather’s home city of Las Vegas, and he sees him getting the short end of the stick.

Pacquiao had the judges on his side in his first three fights against Marquez in Las Vegas. It wasn’t until Marquez decided to take the judges out of the picture completely in their fourth fight that he was able to finally get a victory over Pacquiao in 2012.

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Tim Bradley: Does ‘Desert Storm’ punch harder than most realize?

Thursday at the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, California, WBO Welterweight Champion Tim Bradley held a media workout to give the always inquisitive boxing press an idea of what to expect when he faces Filipino puncher and superstar Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, April 12th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After working the mitts with head trainer and former Lightweight contender Joel Diaz for a full three minute round, it was obvious that Tim and Joel were trying to let the media in on what seems to be a secret within the boxing community.

“I work the mitts with Tim everday, and he hits much harder than most people realize,” insists the hard working trainer from Indio, CA.


Bradley out to solidify place in P4P lists

American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. wants to prove that he belongs in the conversation as one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound, by defeating Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in their April 12 rematch.

Since controversially beating Pacquiao in June 2012, Bradley has steadily risen in the pound-for-pound lists and is currently ranked third by The RING Magazine, behind only fellow unbeaten Americans Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.

Bradley believes his two fights in 2013 – against Ruslan Provodnikov in March and Juan Manuel Marquez in October – allowed him to show his worth as a fighter.


Why Bradley is gun-shy

Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley recently said he hopes to dance his way through five more fights before hanging up his gloves without taking any chances in the ring. That means Bradley will avoid engaging an opponent or battling toe-to-toe because he’s risk-averse. How the approach will affect his marketability remains to be seen but you can be sure, fans won’t pay good money to watch the Desert Storm turn into a Summer Shower.

Bradley will take that cautious mindset into his third title defense against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 12. He’ll earn $6 Million in the rematch. Although he’s the challenger, Pacquiao will pocket a guaranteed $20 Million. The disparity reflects who’s marketable and who’s not. Pacquiao brings in the fans while Bradley is just the foil in the act.

It was Pacquiao’s crown that Bradley wrested two years ago on a highly-disputed split 12-round decision. Since the dethronement, Pacquiao has lost to Juan Manuel Marquez and won over Brandon Rios. Bradley went on to barely beat Ruslan Provodnikov and outpoint a faded Marquez.


Mancini: Tim Bradley may be ‘ripe for the taking’ against Manny Pacquiao

Former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is predicting an easier night for Manny Pacquiao when he faces WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley in their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, Nev.

The 52-year-old Mancini was in Macau, China to commentate last weekend’s fights headlined by two-time gold medalist Zou Shiming for HBO2. Though Bradley was awarded a split-decision in the first fight in 2012, Mancini feels that Pacquiao deserved the verdict and will leave no doubts the second time around.

“Manny will beat Bradley,” said Mancini, who held the WBA 135-pound title from 1982-84. “I thought he beat him the first time but Manny wasn’t sharp in that fight. But I think he’ll beat him easily. He knows now that he has to, it’s probably the thorn in his side.”