'Pacquiao could have done better,' analyst says


Posted at Jun 21 2012 12:29 AM | Updated as of Jun 21 2012 08:29 AM

Bernstein says Pacman looked 'old' vs Bradley

MANILA, Philippines – Although veteran boxing analyst Al Bernstein agrees that Manny Pacquiao won against Timothy Bradley, he believes the Filipino boxer could have done better with his performance.

“This is not the fighter that we saw 3 fights ago,” Bernstein said on Examiner.com. (http://www.examiner.com/article/it-was-not-a-great-performance-by-manny-pacquiao-al-bernstein-weighs-in)

“This is the fighter that fought [Shane] Mosley and fought [Juan Manuel] Marquez. He won those two fights, Marquez you can make a strong case that he lost it, but we’ve not seen the same Pacquiao. It was the old Pacquiao coming straight in,” added the Showtime boxing commentator.

He said Pacquiao didn’t act like the usual ferocious fighter that boxing fans have grown to love.

Pacquiao outpunched Bradley, Bernstein said. 

However, he pointed out that the Filipino’s punching volume has toned down against the unbeaten boxer from Palm Springs, California.  

“What was striking to me about Manny Pacquiao in the fight was that he was off-balance, lunging, looping punches, not as many combinations.”

Bernstein said Pacquiao will be very vulnerable if he fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. in this manner.

“I do not believe he’s going to beat Floyd Mayweather fighting that way. That performance against Bradley, because all those time he was wide open to be hit with straight right hands that Bradley didn’t [throw], Mayweather would hit him with those punches,” said the analyst.