Manny Pacquiao to fight against undefeated junior welterweight Tim Bradley
Manny Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion chose Tim Bradley as his next opponent last week. Bradley happens to be an undefeated junior welterweight champion. The youngster was chosen from a list of four fighters which included Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Lamont Peterson.
Critics have been lambasting against Pacquiao over his selection process since last week. The criticism pointed towards Pacquiao having two junior welterweights in his short list of opponents, namely Bradley and Peterson. Critics state that these fighters will be too small for Pacquiao even though the Filipino icon usually weighs in far below the welterweight limit. Moreover, Pacquiao looks like a natural junior welterweight.
Boxing website, BoxingScene.com jut recently got an interview with Bradley to get his opinion about moving up in weight to face Pacquiao. However, Bradley immediately debunked the idea of him being too small for Pacquiao. Bradley responded by saying that he was sure about being the heavier man on fight night.
“When I enter the ring I will probably be 150 or 151 pounds, give or take a pound or two,” said in the interview.
Bradley, who happens to be a Southern California star, also said that he regularly fought with the 152-pound weight class in amateurs. Bradley further stated that he was sure about having more power than Pacquiao as a welterweight.
Well, Bradley’s comments come with proof. Bradley acquired an impressive win over Luis Carlos Abregu in his HBO debut fight at welterweight in summer 2010.
“147 is my natural weight,” Bradley said. “People don't know but in the amateurs I fought at 152 pounds. People say I don't have power but it is a real struggle to get down to 140. I walk around at 160 or more. I will be a lot more comfortable and have more pop at 147. People will see that on June 9th.
The fight between Pacquiao and Bradley will take place at June 9th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be broadcast by HBO pay-per-view.