Is Timothy Bradley's mouth writing checks that his body can't cash? (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley is very excited about his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on June 9th at the MGM Grand. Honestly, he should be extremely excited. Fighting in front of millions of fans on PPV is significantly different than fighting in front of a couple thousand at Agua Caliente. Bradley has been looking forward to this fight for a long time, which he recently told Lance Pugmire at The Los Angeles Times.
"This is about being the No. 1 fighter in the world, and that's what my goal has been for as long as I can remember. "I've been waiting for this my whole life."
Bradley does have a good bit of seasoning on him, even going into hostile territory to take the world title from Junior Witter. Witter is an extremely awkward fighter, and in his prime, it was difficult to look good against him.
Not only did Bradley look decent, but good enough to take the title away from him against a hostile crowd and probably some biased judging. "Desert Storm" has a solid mental game, much like the Super Middleweight and Super Six Champion Andre Ward, and I don't expect him to shy away from this huge challenge.
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Bradley also sees some cracks in the armor of the great Manny Pacquiao.
"I just need to get in there and follow my game plan. I know his weaknesses, his favorite combinations. In my mind, I'm definitely going to win. I'll take it to this guy."
... "It wasn't so much that Marquez exposed Pacquiao, as much as he is not as spectacular. It's harder for Pacquiao to land his shots now, and you even saw that in the [May 2011] Shane Mosley fight. Look, Marquez had Pacquiao's number, and Marquez is 38 and past his prime. Here they were making excuses after [Pacquiao conditioning coach Alex] Ariza had said before Marquez that even God himself couldn't beat Pacquiao. I'm younger, stronger and faster than Marquez."
I think Bradley actually has a fairly good chance of winning this fight, probably around 30 to 40%. What do you guys think of Bradley's chances? Does he have a greater than 25% chance of winning this fight?