Congressman-WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao takes on undefeated Tim Bradley in one of 2012′s most anticipated bouts. Join us for live round-by-round updates and blog of the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Many see this as one the biggest challenges to Pacquiao’s reign. Any time the ‘Pacman’ steps into the ring it’s a huge event for the sport. There’s also added intrigue with the man from the Philippines coming off underwhelming and controversial decisions, and the aggression shown from challenger Bradley.
Bradley’s has a head-first attacking style that some speculate will leave him open to the power and footwork of Pacquiao with Manny able to hit from unexpected angles.
The weigh-ins led to questions over Pacquiao’s conditioning, with some saying frankly he looked out of shape, especially when compared to Bradley’s muscular physique. He weighed in at 147 pounds, a career high weight, while Bradley tipped the scales at 146 pounds. However, it’s a fight, not a body sculpting contest.
Of course, there’s also the elephant in the room: Floyd Mayweather.
The unbeaten Mayweather fought in a wonderful fight against Miguel Cotto and for the fight of the century between him and Pacquiao to take place, Pacquiao must beat Bradley, and preferably beat him convincingly to give him not just confidence, but an arrogance to think he can beat ‘Money’ Mayweather.
We’ll be live blogging Pacquiao vs Bradley today from around 2pm AEST – join us for round-by-round and leave your predictions.
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