Pacquiao vs. Bradley bout: could an upset make boxing history tonight?

There is plenty of buzz about the potential for a Bradley victory. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2012 – Tonight’s bout between boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley has the potential to be a life-changing, history-making event.


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Pacquiao, one of the most popular personalities across all sports and considered one of the pound-for-pound best in boxing, needs to bury the seeds of doubt sown during his last fight in November 2011. Pacquiao won a narrow split decision against the relentless Juan Manuel Marquez. Many observers (including this columnist) believed Marquez won the fight.

A decisive win against Bradley would set up Pacquiao for a fight with Floyd Mayweather later this year, the superfight fans have dreamed about for several years.

Bradley, undefeated at 28-0, is the current light welterweight champion coming up to the 147-pound limit welterweight class for his shot at star status. A win against Pacquiao would turn boxing upside down and change Bradley’s career status and his life forever.

At Friday’s weigh-in, Bradley came in at a muscular 146 pounds with impressive size in the upper body. It seemed he put on all his new weight in sheer muscle. He looked more like a bodybuilder than a boxer. Considered he is a vegan and eats no animal products of any kind, his ripped physique is jaw-dropping.

Pacquiao weighed in right at the 147-pound limit, which is his heaviest fighting weight ever. He looked less muscular next to Bradley, but no one short of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime would have looked more muscular than Bradley.

The question at hand is whether Bradley’s new size will give him the punching power he needs to his Pacquiao hard enough to hurt him. With only 12 knockouts in his 28 victories, this lack of power has been the rip against him.

No question about Timothy Bradley’s fitness for tonight’s fight with Manny Pacquiao. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank.

The drawback is that too much muscle can make you less flexible and slow you down. Pacquiao’s magic formula is punching power plus blistering speed. Bradley cannot possibly be as prepared as he thinks if Pacquiao unleashes his quick hands.

There is plenty of buzz about the potential for a Bradley victory. Trainer and HBO commentator Emanuel Steward declared Bradley to have a good chance at a win, and he is not alone in the call for an upset tonight. Bradley is younger, fresher, and his desire and intensity is off the charts.

I’m with Steward calling for a Bradley upset. He has every chance of taking it to Pacquiao tonight.

But someone who knows firsthand what Manny Pacquiao is capable of doing says there is no chance of a Bradley win. Juan Manuel Marquez told reporter Chris Robinson of that he thinks Pacquiao will win the fight by decision. “Bradley is very smart, very quick. The problem is Bradley doesn’t have power.”

The bout has the potential to be an incredibly exciting contest. True fans of the Sweet Science are counting down the hours. And so are we at Communities. 

Join us for a live fight chat online covering the action for you right here on Communities at Washington Times. We will start it off with the undercard fights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific Time, with the main event scheduled at approximately 11 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Pacific.

If you are also watching Game 7 of the NBA finals, you won’t have to make a tough choice. The start of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight will be held until the game is concluded so fans won’t miss any action. Pacquiao is a big Boston Celtics fan, so he’ll be watching too.

Topping the undercard is Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas at bantamweight, and Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey at welterweight. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank.

There are two televised undercard bouts Topping the undercard is Jorge Arce in a non-title super-bantamweight bout against Jesus Rojas. Arce should have no trouble against Rojas, who has never made it longer than eight rounds. Mike Jones should also take care of Randall Bailey for the vacant IBF welterweight title. The additional undercard fight not being seen is Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his WBA bantamweight belt against Teon Kennedy.

The bout is available for viewing on HBO pay-per-view. If you aren’t an HBO subscriber, another great way to watch the PPV is online. You can purchase and watch directly from Top Rank at

Floyd Mayweather has to miss this one. The Clark County Detention Center will probably be watching an old episode of “Cops.” But you can catch it all with us. See you ringside on Saturday.


Communities fight chat begins at 9pm Eastern. Your fight chat moderators are:


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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