WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia believes Filipino boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has to be aggressive if he wants to avoid a repeat of his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley Jr. in 2012.
Bradley infamously defeated Pacquiao via split decision in June 2012 to become the new WBO welterweight champion, a decision now considered one of the worst in boxing history.
Provodnikov, too, was on the wrong side of a decision against Bradley, losing to the American in March 2013 despite nearly knocking him out.
“I think that if Pacquiao will not be aggressive, then we will see the same exact thing that we saw in their first fight,” the Russian brawler told Boxing Scene. “That being said, Pacquiao has a slight advantage to win.”
Pacquiao opened up as a slight favorite against Bradley, who will defend the welterweight title in their bout.
“On the other hand, if the fight remains close, then Bradley has a good chance to win,” added Provodnikov.
Provodnikov, thanks in part to his performance against Bradley as well as his October 2013 knockout of Mike Alvarado, was briefly in the running to face Pacquiao, although the Filipino eventually chose to take a rematch with the unbeaten American.