Pacquiao expected to fight Timothy Bradley on June 9th

By Michael Collins: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOís) is expected to be fighting WBO light welterweight Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOís) on June 9th. Bradley, 28, is pretty much the only one left of the five candidates that Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum were looking over for a fight in June.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. canít fight in June because he starts his 90-daily jail term on June 1st; Juan Manuel Marquez appears to have never been seriously considered for Pacquiao, likely because of a combinations of Marquez being too dangerous and wanting more money than last time; Lamont Peterson isnít well known and not one of Arumís Top Rank fighters; Miguel Cotto isnít interested in draining himself to fight at 147 and Pacquiao reportedly doesnít want to fight at 150lbs, which is the weight that Cotto would be looking at fighting him.

That leaves on Bradley. What makes Bradley such a great pick is that heís someone new, he fights for Top Rank, heís not someone that will ask for a ton of money, and best of all, heís not someone that will likely beat Pacquiao.

Arum obviously wants to keep the Pacquiao train on the tracks as long as possible and Bradley, 5í6Ē, isnít big enough or strong enough to be a serious threat to Arumís money fighter.

However, the way that Pacquiao has been looking in his last four fights, he could very well lose to Bradley because Pacquiao looks like heís starting to slide ever so slightly. The legs arenít there anymore; the movement isnít there and heís not fighting with the same energy as he did three or more years ago. He looks used up to me, and he's getting hit too cleanly. Ever since the Cotto fight, Pacquiao looks to be sliding rapidly downward. Getting hit hard by guys like Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley obviously isn't good for your health.

Pacquiao is incredibly lucky he won his last fight against Marquez. I thought he should have lost the fight. Iím not surprised Marquez didnít get the decision because heís not as popular as Pacquiao but the fight definitely showed that the Filipino star is starting to decline.

Bradley still shouldnít beat him. This will be a good matchmaking pick for Arum to keep the gravy flowing for a little while longer. Hopefully Pacquiao doesnít go life and death with Bradley and force Arum to have to look for even softer opposition in the future to keep Pacquiao winning. In that case, we could see some really old lions trotted out for Pacquiao to shine against.

Article posted on 24.01.2012

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