The former two-weight world champion from Manchester, Ricky Hatton, now a boxing promoter, believes that the undefeated American prospect Timothy Bradley can cause the eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, some problems in the ring.
Pacquiao, the current WBO welterweight champion, and Bradley, the current WBO light-welterweight champion, will lock horns at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9.
Pacquiao, also known as Pac-Man, will enter the ring as a red-hot favorite on the fight night but Hatton thinks Bradley is not going to be a cake walk for the Filipino star.
“Manny Pacquiao is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he goes into this fight as the favourite but Timothy Bradley is a very slick and tidy boxer so this isn’t going to be an easy fight for him.
“Against Junior Witter we saw how well schooled Bradley was and how he was able to figure out his style so quickly so I think he will cause Pacquiao some problems.”
“I think style wise this could be an even better matchup than the recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. Mayweather is exceptional defensively and makes you miss but Pacquiao is a lot more exciting and when you put him in with Bradley style wise it makes for a great fight.”
Pacquiao faced a lot of criticism due to his lackluster performance against the Mexican Dinamita, Juan Manuel Marquez. Therefore, Hatton also insisted that Pacquiao will have to win the fight in an impressive way.
“Manny needs to come back with a big performance after the fight with Marquez which many thought he lost, myself included.”
Well, all said and done, there is not much time left in Pacquiao’s fight. So let’s see if he can regain his image by becoming the first man to beat Bradley.