'High-risk, low-reward fight for Pacquiao'


Posted at Feb 12 2012 06:39 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2012 02:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao's June 9 bout against undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is a "high-risk, low-reward" match, according to ESPN Friday Night Fights host Bernado Osuna.

"(Bradley) will get his chance at the Pacman, and it seems to be a high-risk, low-reward fight for Pacquiao," Osuna said. "Bradley is a man who's got some skills, and he also comes in with the head as a third glove."

Bradley is undefeated through 28 professional fights and has 12 knockout victories. He most recently defeated Joel Casamayor in the undercard of Pacquiao's trilogy bout against Juan Manuel Marquez last November.

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said he is concerned with Bradley's tendency to use his head, while Pacquiao has said he expects Bradley to run when they meet in the ring.

"We'll see how Manny Pacquiao does against a man who is a good counterpuncher, and a man who could potentially cut him in the ring," Osuna said.

Top Rank president Todd duBoef acknowledged that Bradley is a stylistic threat to Pacquiao.

"I think Timmy is an incredibly skilled fighter. He has quick hands, quick feet, he's undefeated and he doesn't know how to lose," he said.

"Manny will have to be on top of his game against Tim Bradley, who is in his prime. Manny has always taken on those challenges," duBoef added.

Bradley is ranked ninth in The RING's pound-for-pound ratings, while Pacquiao is No. 1.