Former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) says he doesn’t see himself losing to WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) in their rematch on April 12th unless Bradley, a non-puncher, is somehow able to find the power in his body to score a knockout in front of the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Bradley rarely knocking any of his opponents out, it’s not likely that he’s going to be able to score a knockout of him. It’s just not really feasible.
“He [Bradley] has to knock me out to win. I tell you my plan for this fight. It is to throw a lot of punches,” Pacquiao said to HBO.
Bradley did beat Pacquiao by a 12 round majority decision two years ago in beating him in 2012, so it’s definitely possible that Bradley can beat the 35-year-old Pacquiao without knocking him out. Of course, it was a controversial decision that few boxing fans agreed with, but Bradley still got the win.
If he proved that he could do it once, it’s possible that Bradley could beat Pacquiao a second time if he’s able to work hard enough to steal the close rounds by outworking Pacquiao. That was the key to Bradley’s strategy in beating Manny two years ago. Bradley just made sure that he worked hard for the full three minutes, and in doing so he was able to get the decision.
“Manny, the only way you’re going to beat me is to knock me out. That’s the only way you’re going to beat me, Manny,” Bradley said. “If you don’t knock me out, Manny, you’re not going to win.”
It’s quite possible that Pacquiao can beat Bradley without knocking him out. Pacquiao has been beating most of his opponents by decision since 2009, and I could definitely see the judges giving him the nod in a Bradley rematch. The conventional wisdom is that Pacquiao got robbed the last time he fought Bradley in 2012, so it’s very possible that the judges will go out of their way to give the decision to Pacquiao this time out if it’s close. They won’t look to rob Bradley if he fights well enough to win, but I don’t see them doing him any favors if it’s a close bout.