Rematch will be ‘repeat or revenge’, says analyst
MANILA, Philippines – WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. will face a dilemma when he squares off against Manny Pacquiao for the second time on April 12.
Atty. Ed Tolentino, veteran sportscaster and boxing analyst, said the undefeated American will have to decide if he should brawl with Pacquiao or duplicate the same hit-and-run tactic that he used during the first fight.
“In the rematch, will he stand up and fight? Or will he adopt the same hit and run strategy?” asked Tolentino in an interview on ANC Hardball Wednesday night.
Tolentino has no doubt that a hit-and-run style will be Bradley’s best chance against Pacquiao.
“It's not necessarily popular, but it actually gives him a better chance against Manny Pacquiao. Because toe-to-toe, Manny Pacquiao will take out Timothy Bradley,” he said.
The two boxers first squared off in June 2012, with Bradley winning via a controversial split decision.
The result didn’t sit well among fight fans, forcing the American boxer to reclaim his pride through successful bouts against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.
“He conquered Juan Manuel Marquez, he conquered Ruslan Provodnikov to drive home the point that he can box and brawl,” said Tolentino. “But only against Pacquiao can Bradley really carve a name for himself.”
The analyst believes Pacquiao has chosen to fight Bradley to prove that the result of the first bout was a sham.
“In the case of Manny Pacquiao, he wants to prove that he got screwed by the judges, that he should have won the fight… So it's gonna be a matter of repeat or revenge, when Pacquiao and Bradley meet,” he said.