Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bradley-Pacquiao 2 is a fight of stamina vs. power


8 division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will be squaring it off against the undefeated American boxer in Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley for the second time around on April 12, 2014. The two great prizefighters will be fighting at welterweight scheduled for 12 rounds of boxing. Bradley is coming off a decision win over Pacquiao nemesis Juan “Dinamita” Marquez while the Pacman, on the other hand, gave Brandon Rios a boxing lesson in what was a one-sided boxing match last November of 2013.

Bradley-Pacquiao rematch is a fight of stamina vs. power. Pacquiao has the power; Bradley has a bottomless stamina. As for the speed, it’s almost even; although the fighting congressman from the Philippines has the slightest advantage. But while Bradley is younger than the Pacman, Pacquiao has never showed any signs of slowing down at 35. In a brutal sport where meat is king, the undefeated American nicknamed the “Desert Storm” stick to his strict vegan diet. The Pacman will always have a “tinolang manok” or chicken stew peppered with Moringa leaves as part of his diet during training.

Pacquiao suffered back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and a brutal knockout to the Dinamita before bouncing back with a Rios win in Macau. The loss to Bradley is highly controversial; a fight many considered Pacquiao have won. Prior to the sixth round one punch KO from Marquez, Pacquiao is dominating. Marquez was beaten to the punch in a corner, nursing a broken nose, until he found an opening by capitalizing on a Pacman mistake. That same right hand from Marquez that has hit the fighting pride of the Philippines numerous times already during their previous three encounters turned the lights out from the Filipino. It’s quite obvious Marquez has become the Hulk in that fight thanks, maybe, to his alchemist in Angel “Memo” Heredia. Against Bradley, who requested a stricter random drug testing for the fight, the Dinamita looked slow and old; the big muscles he has had during the fourth fight with Pacquiao as well never showed up.

Pacquiao will have to start unleashing his power shots at Bradley in early rounds. The fight must be short, brutal, and quick. Bradley is not known for power punching so the Pacman can walk through his punches to land some of his own, or he can even make it an all-out assault towards Bradley. Pacquiao’s power is the key for him to win the fight convincingly and impressively. Otherwise, Bradley’s stamina builds up as the fight lingers on and will box his way towards victory again (this time not because the judges favor him) because he would become the better boxer than the Pacman.

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