Manny Pacquiao returns to the welterweight division this weekend for a showdown with WBO champion Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latest Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Picks and Odds at online book maker Sportsbook.ag have ‘Pac-Man’ listed a 1-4 favorite to take Bradley’s championship strap. Pacquiao is drawing 1-1 odds to win by decision and 3-2 odds to defeat Bradley by KO, TKO, or Disqualification. Bradley is a 5-1 underdog to win via decision and a 15-2 dog to eliminate Pacquiao by KO, TKO, or Disqualification.
Free Analysis: While everyone pines for a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxing world keeps spinning round. With the latter preparing for jail time, Pacquiao will instead look to extend his current win streak to 16 fights against the always dangerous Bradley. But some believe Pacquiao could be headed for a fall, stealing some of the luster from a potential brawl with Mayweather.
From November of 2006 to November of 2009, Pacquiao won five of eight fights by either KO or TKO, finishing big names like Erik Morales, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto. While Pacquiao has looked good in recent performances, he is no longer walking through his opposition in the same fashion as his last four fights all went the distance. Many observers felt Pacquiao lost his most recent scrap, a third meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, but the judges scored it a unanimous decision victory for the Filipino.
Will Pacquiao flirt with disaster again this weekend? Bradley possesses the skills to give Manny trouble, but he has yet to face a fighter who applies pressure like Pacquiao. Bradley’s defense and stamina, two of his trademarks, will be tested by the Filipino, particularly in the later rounds (if the fight makes it that far). Bradley, who does not possess the hand speed of Pacquiao, will need to be strategic in his combinations, knowing when to retreat and when to hang tough in order to prevent a punishment deficit as the fight wears on. If he can do that, he stands a decent chance at pulling off the upset. A Bradley win would probably say more about Pacquiao, though. At some point every fighter begins to slip; a Bradley victory would provide proof that Manny has, indeed, lost something.
Free Fight Pick: While Pacquiao may be in the early stages of a decline, he is still a tremendous fighter and superior to Bradley. He gets another win this weekend.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Odds and Final Result:
Manny Pacquiao 1-4 to win Timothy Bradley 3-1 to win Bradley by Decision 5-1 Bradley by KO- TKO – DQ 15-2 Draw 17-1 Pacquiao by Decision 1-1 Pacquiao by KO – TKO – DQ 3-2 Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley - Fury Meets Fists 2012