HBO boxing analyst and ringside scorer Harold Lederman is looking forward to an exciting battle when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. face off in a rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Lederman, in an interview with Boxing Scene, said an “exciting fight” can be expected considering the two boxers’ recent performances.
“Timothy was in some really exciting fights recently, with Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez,” he said. “I think that this one’s going to be exciting.”
“Manny did look good with Brandon Rios, I got to admit that,” he added.
Lederman acknowledged that Pacquiao should be “the favorite going in,” but hinted that the bout might as well be a toss-up.
“I’m really looking forward to a good fight. Timothy Bradley keeps winning, no matter what you say about him. He’s got that stance like Evander Holyfield – he’s right handed, he leans in and catches you with the head, so a lot of his fights are head-butt fights,” he observed.
“You’ve got to be very careful you don’t get busted up. Manny didn’t get all busted up in the first fight with Bradley, but you’ve got to be very careful. I think it’s going to be exciting,” he added.
Lederman had scored the first Pacquiao-Bradley fight in June 2012 in the Filipino’s favor, 11 rounds to one, although it was Bradley who got the highly controversial split decision.
The analyst is now hoping that “Desert Storm” will put a better performance in the rematch.
“Hopefully Timothy will do a little bit better than he did in the first one,” Lederman said. “Manny just kept hitting him with that straight left hand all night.”