Quijano: Manny’s approach in Bradley rematch

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


MANNY Pacquiao’s rematch with Tim Bradley is officially on for April 12 and this matchup will hopefully aid the process of meritocracy in this talent-laden welterweight division.

It is of common knowledge Floyd Mayweather Jr is positioned at the apex and though he has not yet officially announced who will be his opponent in May, apparently, Amir Khan is the leading candidate.

Though Khan is a credible opponent and certainly capable of giving Mayweather some trouble, barring any freak injury or a very lucky punch, “Pretty Boy” should win that one handily.

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Obviously, this makes the winner of Pacquiao-Bradley a logical choice as Mayweather’s next opponent sometime later this year, assuming of course all the promotional hurdles can be transcended.

If that fight doesn’t materialize, another option for the winner of Pacquiao-Bradley is Ruslan Provodnikov, the ruthless Russian banger who dismantled the formidable Mike Alvarado in 10 rounds last October 2013.

PACQUIAO-BRADLEY 1. Let’s revisit their first fight to gain some insight on what to expect in this rematch.

Bradley’s hand speed was comparable to Pacquiao’s in that fight, and he used it initially to ward off the Pacman’s assault.

“Desert Storm” met only with mixed success as he was able to pump that jab in Pacquiao’s face occasionally, but Pacquiao would often charge in anyway and land lethal left straights.

This pattern was repeated through most of the rounds with Manny staggering Bradley on several occasions. Bradley was competitive with Manny, but he was clearly not proficient enough to win majority of those rounds.

The problem was that two of the three judges at ringside disagreed with the majority of the boxing world and turned in verdicts of 115-113 for Bradley.

One of those judges, CJ Ross has unfortunately become quite notorious by now, and succeeding events would only serve to underscore her inefficiency.

Last September, in another potentially career-ending, abhorrent score-card she turned in, she somehow saw Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez as a draw.

Almost everyone was in agreement that Mayweather took Canelo to school and put on a boxing clinic, but Ross must have been watching a different fight.

The only judge who scored that fight for Pacquiao was Jerry Roth who saw it a different 115-113. While that is certainly a redible score, still it may be fair to ask how he could have given Bradley five rounds to Pacquiao’s seven.

To me, this simply means that Bradley-Pacquiao might be another style-matchup quagmire for judges, and so the rematch could end up in another controversial verdict.

To avoid this, Pacquiao’s recourse would be to try for the stoppage victory and not leave the verdict to the judges.

However, his recent performance in Macau where he eased up on the throttle in the championship rounds against Brandon Rios and where he candidly admitted that boxing is not about hurting people should be cause for concern.

It remains to be seen if and when he is faced with a rematch he needs desperately to win, if Manny will continue to display that same level of compassion.

SHOUTOUTS. Go to Hembler Mendoza , Lapu lapu City’ tourism mogul, and my favorite Pinoy champ, Gerry Penalosa who both enjoyed our last column, “5 Pinoy pugs make it to Ring’s top 100.”

Hembler was wondering how soon can somebody step up to take the place of the top 5 and well, all I can say is while we still have some time on our hands, after 3 years if no heirs-apparent are in sight, we can start pushing the panic button.

Future boxing Hall-of-Famer Gerry is presently devoting his full focus on his business interests which consists of commercial boxing gyms.

It’s a downright shame that this ultra-talented boxing wizard has not taken anybody under his tutelage presently.

A lot of today’s boxers and trainers can learn a lot from him. From today’s young crop, I have yet to see somebody blessed with Gerry’s natural instincts, and his prescient ability to read his opponent’s offense and deliver crisp, stinging counters.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my SHS B’ 89 buddy, Siegfred Melleza who celebrates his birthday this week. Cheers bro! (jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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