MANILA, Philippines – Junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. will not be an easy opponent for Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, according to boxing blogger Scott Christ.
In an article posted at Bad Left Hook, Christ noted that Bradley is not on the level of Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he calls “an otherworldly talent and superstar.”
“But (Bradley) is more than a handful in the ring, and won’t be any sort of pushover for Pacquiao,” he added.
Bradley earned his shot at Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer failed to make a deal with both Mayweather and Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto.
Pacquiao agreed to fight Bradley on June 9 instead, although Top Rank president Todd duBoef said the deal still has to be finalized with the Bradley camp.
Bradley is undefeated through 28 professional fights, and Christ noted that he has been dominant in victories over Kendall Holt and Lamont Peterson earlier in his career.
He also defeated veteran boxer Joel Casamayor via an eighth-round technical knockout in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy bout.
Bradley is current ranked No. 1 in The RING’s junior welterweight ratings and No. 9 in the pound-for-pound ratings.
Christ said Bradley “might be able to frustrate Manny simply because Bradley doesn’t make himself easy to fight.”
“Bradley is a very good fighter who isn’t afraid to take a shortcut or get rough. Pacquiao doesn’t have to deal with that sort of thing often,” he added.
Bradley will not be the fastest or strongest boxer that Pacquiao has fought, but Christ said he makes up for his lack of physical tools with his ring IQ and his ability to use his head.
“Bradley can box and he can fight. He’s not afraid to make a fight ugly if he has to, and he’s not afraid to use a lot of rough tactics when he has to,” Christ said.
He added that unlike previous Pacquiao opponents Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey, Bradley is not “going to roll over in this fight.”
“He’s not a slow, plodding guy there to be hit,” Christ added.
Bradley may not carry the name recognition of a Juan Manuel Marquez or a Miguel Cotto, but Christ said the Pacquiao-Bradley fight is sure to make money.
“It’s not a huge mega-fight, but Pacquiao has fought Joshua Clottey and a version of Shane Mosley that nobody wanted to see. They sold because of Manny. He can carry Tim Bradley to a profitable event, no doubt,” he added.
Christ said that while Bradley is no Mayweather, boxing fans should not expect June 9 to be an easy night for Pacquiao.
“It’s as competitive a fight as can be made for Manny, outside of Floyd Mayweather or maybe another tussle with Juan Manuel Marquez,” he added.