I have been hating on Timothy Bradley for years on this blog.
Here's the list of my
fight predictions involving the man:
Juan Manuel Marquez TKO 10.
Manny Pacquiao late TKO.
Devon Alexander UD 12.
Nate Campbell UD 12.
Kendall Holt UD 12.
Junior Witter via decision.
But this time, I am finally going to get it right!
My money is on Bradley to upset the apple cart for the first time (wink) when he rematches Manny Pacquiao next month. Ahem, I mean he will defeat him for the second time!
Why will Bradley defeat Pac Man in their rematch?
Because Timothy Bradley is on a roll, given his rousing, clear-cut decision victory over Pacquiao's latest conquerer, Juan Manuel Marquez last year. And because Pacquiao, despite his "comeback" win against Brandon Rios (which was unimpressive to me), has apparently seen better days.
There's one small problem however. I do not believe that Bradley will be given the decision by the judges!
Harkening back to the malodorous (draw) decision against Lennox Lewis in his title shot against Evander Holyfield, Lewis was subsequently awarded a reasonably fair, but seemingly very close decision in their rematch. If the malodorous prequel had been ruled in Lewis's favor, I could easily have seen Holyfield getting the nod in their rematch.
However, like Holyfield in Holyfield-Lewis II, TImothy Bradley will feel like he's ice-skating uphill in his upcoming battle against Manny Pacquiao, who is not only more popular, but has the added benefit of potential sympathy from the judges-who may feel that he was on the receiving end of an awful decision the first go-round.
I sincerely hope that I am wrong in my suspicion, and that the best man rightfully wins. But I have been wrong before, just like my previous Timothy Bradley posts.
THE VERDICT: MANNY PACQUIAO UD12 TIMOTHY BRADLEY