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Former world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley shares something in common with the rest of the boxing world: he thirsts to see the battle between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather come to fruition.
Bradley fought Pacquiao twice, the second time this past April when he lost the world welterweight title by decision to the Filipino fight icon. He thinks that Pacquiao will fare well against Mayweather should the fight materialize, but would still pick his fellow American to win.
"I think he does well, I honestly think it goes well. I think that the fight is a little more even now. I’m gonna have to favor Floyd Mayweather because he’s just brilliant in his boxing ability but you can’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao," Bradley told ontheropesboxing.com.
"I’m a really difficult fighter to deal with and Manny Pacquiao was able to deal with me, and if Manny Pacquiao is able to deal with me, he’s able to deal with anybody else, I truly believe that.
"I have a lot of hand speed, foot speed as well, Floyd has hand speed and foot speed as well. He’s a better defensive fighter than I am but Manny Pacquiao throws punches in combinations, punches in bunches, so I think the fight is kind of evenly matched."
Hall of Fame boxing referee Joe Cortez recently noted that both Pacquiao and Mayweather are on decline. It's a development that Bradley considers in his assessment as well.
"I wonder how the oddsmakers would do that fight if the fight ever happened because Floyd’s a little bit more flat footed and Manny is a little bit more cautious in his approach now," said Bradley.
"(Pacquiao's) not as tenacious and aggressive as he used to be - if he gets you hurt, he’ll definitely try to take you out but most times now he’s thinking. He doesn’t rush his attack anymore and just come in recklessly, he’s thinking about his approach now, a little bit more now since he got knocked out by (Juan Manuel) Marquez." — JST, GMA News