Pacquiao not taking latest challenger lightly
In 54 bouts, World Boxing Organization Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has dominated his in-ring foes, as 38 of his wins have been knockouts. This has led many boxing enthusiasts to believe that the Fighting Congressman's latest challenger – Timothy Bradley, Jr. – will be the latest victim in Pacman's pursuit of boxing greatness.
But one guy who isn't underestimating Bradley's abilities is Pacquiao himself.
"Timothy Bradley brings a lot of weapons to a fight," Pacquiao told Fox Sports. "He has youth, an aggressive style and a state of mind that only a world champion possesses. Tim has always found a way to win. He has great determination and can adapt and change his game plan in mid-fight."
He added that he's been impressed by what he's seen of the undefeated Bradley, who recently notched his 27th and 28th victories after defeating Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander, respectively, both of whom had zero losses headed into their matches.
But that's not to suggest the Filipino southpaw is any less confident, noting that the challengers he's faced have been every bit every bit as fearsome.
"My experience against Hall of Fame-caliber opposition is … an advantage for me," Pacquiao told Fox Sports. "I have learned so much from fighting legends such as Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez."
As for Bradley, he too has indicated he's been fortunate enough to face off against some of boxing's most talented competitors. And it's because of this that he feels as though he's earned the right to challenge Pacquiao – the man who's universally considered to be the best pound-for-pound professional boxer on the planet.
"I am thrilled beyond compare that I am challenging Manny Pacquiao," the current WBO Light Welterweight champion recently told an assembly of reporters. "I was at the right place at the right time. But I'm also deserving of this fight. I have been a world champion since 2008. I have unified the titles twice. I'm undefeated. I'm the best in my division. I feel I made the right decision not only for my career but for my life."
And it's his contention that he will shock the world by beating Pacquiao on June 9.
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