Ex-world champ predicts easy win for Pacquiao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2014 01:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2014 09:27 PM

A former world lightweight champion predicts that Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will “easily” defeat American Timothy Bradley Jr. when they meet in a welterweight rematch on April 12.

Bradley infamously defeated Pacquiao when they fought in June 2012, claiming a controversial split decision, but former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is expecting an easier time for Pacquiao this time around.

“Manny will beat Bradley,” Mancini told RingTV.com. “I thought he beat him the first time, but Manny wasn’t sharp in that fight.”

“But I think he’ll beat him easily,” he added. “He knows now that he has to. It’s probably the thorn on his side.”

Pacquiao has said in several interviews that he is highly motivated to defeat Bradley and prove that he still can be an elite fighter. He also wants to show Bradley that he has not lost his mean streak inside the boxing ring.

Mancini noted that in the time between their fights, it was Bradley who has taken more damage, as he was involved in a 12-round war against Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013. While Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, Mancini believes the Filipino has already recovered from that.

“I think Manny will beat him easier. Even though (Manny) got caught by Marquez, anybody can get caught. That’s just part of the game,” Mancini said.

“For Bradley, the last couple of fights, the fight with Provodnikov, those are the fights that are hard to come back from,” he said.

Bradley also fought Marquez last year, and Mancini said that was a “difficult fight” for the American. “Bradley may be ripe for the taking,” he observed.

Mancini is still in disbelief that Bradley won the first fight.

“It made no sense,” he said. “You see, if Bradley was a draw, it makes sense, a big draw for Vegas or for the promoter. But Bradley doesn’t draw two people, so it made no sense. I really don’t have a clue why that happened.”