Will Manny Pacquiao show up in the best shape of his life for his fight with Timothy Bradley? (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Before I even start this article, let me just say that I don't care what Michael Koncz thinks mostly because he is frequently wrong and misinformed. Yet, whenever someone close to either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao speaks about an upcoming opponent, we must report it and we will all discuss it. Igor Frank of the Glendale Examiner recently spoke with Michael Koncz about Manny Pacquiao's next opponent, Timothy Bradley. Koncz first speaks to the criticism that Manny will overlook Timothy Bradley, much like Manny did with Juan Manuel Marquez.
"I don't think Manny is doing that," replied Konz:"He is not underestimating Bradley. Manny was young. Manny was hungry at one time as a young fighter. He knows that Bradley is undefeated. Bradley as a physical aspect; he's got a tremendous body. He has skill and we know he is going to be in the best shape of his life and he is going to come there to win this fight."
First of all, Manny is not going to show up in the best shape of his life, because he's not going to magically become 5 years younger in this fight. I would expect Manny to be in slightly better shape than the JMM fight, but he is not going to be too far off from that standard. The distractions that detracted from his last training camp are not going away either.
Michael Koncz also spoke about how this fight could change Bradley's life.
"Does he have enough to take Manny out?" pondered Konz:"I don't know. I don't think so. Manny is my boss and it doesn't matter. No, Manny is not underestimating him. As a matter of fact we've already started talking about what we are going to do in training camp. But the truth of the matter is that Bradley doesn't have to win this fight. As long as Bradley goes twelve competitive rounds with Manny his life will change forever. He will be at that next level and be the superstar and maybe take the torch from Manny when Manny retires. And I hope all the best for Bradley. It's going to be an exciting fight."
Bradley's life is not going to change unless people think he does enough to beat Manny Pacquiao, and honestly probably not even then. Did Juan Manuel Marquez become a megastar because he almost beat Pacquiao? Well he's fighting a no name opponent on independent PPV, what a life-changer! Bradley's life will change if he beats Pacquiao. Otherwise there will just be excuses from the Pacquiao camp about how he wasn't at his best. Do you think Bradley's life will change if he loses to Pacquiao?