By Craig Pearson on April 12, 2014
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are set for their rematch on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. The first fight was packed with controversy as Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory, although many observers both at home and in the arena felt Pacquiao deserved the decision. Both men feel like they have something to prove now, and it sets up a tantalizing rematch between two of the best welterweights in the world.
The determination to put something right can be good, and it can be bad too. Bradley is determined to show everybody that he not only beat Pacquiao the first time, but that he can do it again as well. How he channels that emotion will be a key factor -- he doesn't punch hard enough to be getting too wild. He needs to stick to his boxing and stay relaxed.
Much like Bradley, Pacquiao feels like he has a lot of doubters and a lot of things to prove in this fight. Unlike Bradley though, Pacquiao has packed a KO punch throughout his career and if he has doubts about how the judges may score this fight too, he may try to take matters into his own hands as soon as he can. Pacquiao always starts fast -- how fast will be the question here.
The one thing about Pacquiao is that he can really overwhelm you with his fireball offense and high punch output. If you go into a defensive shell because of that, then he can be really difficult to keep up with. Look for Bradley to be more active than he usually is because without a higher punch output, it's going to be difficult to clearly win rounds against Pacquiao, and close rounds are always risky to be relying on.
Many fans are of the opinion that Manny Pacquiao is on the decline -- a fast one too, in some people's estimation. Pacquiao was once a blur in the ring, punching at crazy speeds while fast and light on his feet also. Has some of his speed and movement now gone? Pacquiao looked good enough against Brandon Rios, although Rios was made for him stylistically, and now all eyes will be on this fight to see if there is any more regression from Pacman.
Although Pacquiao won every round against Brandon Rios in November of last year, it led to some suggestions that he had lost his killer instinct; that the old Pacquiao would have knocked Rios out. It has also been remarked that Pacquiao is too friendly with opponents and there's just no fire there anymore. If that is true, then Pacquiao should walk away, but let's see how he looks against Bradley first.
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