Bradley talks a lot but PacMan not biting at all

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Sunday, April 6, 2014


THE oration is on. For the next seven days or so till they fight on April 13 (Manila time), the verbal bombs will be dropped without letup by Timothy Bradley.

I will dance and run circles around him.

I am so fast that each of his shots will hit nothing but air.

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I can’t be touched because he has lost his killer instinct.

Oh, wait a minute, here’s one more: Once I see an opportunity, I will knock him out this time.

Can you believe every word of that?

Manny Pacquiao doesn’t.

When sportswriters interviewed him for the umpteenth time during the weekend over lunch at Nats Thai Food, Pacquiao’s favorite restaurant in Hollywood, California, the eight-division world champion just “smirked and chuckled” when told of Bradley’s threat to use a left hook to knock the lights out of PacMan.

Remember, Pacquiao was knocked out not by a left but by a right, courtesy of Juan Manuel Marquez, in December 2012 with just a second left in the sixth round.

It came when Pacquiao and Marquez were in a slam bang joust in the last 10 seconds of that fateful round.

Under such a situation, anything goes. Touch and go. With all guns ablaze, every moving thing is a target. It’s like shotgun: The spray of shots covers a multitude. But the one hit that would amount to being the most telling haymaker will surely be a killer.

Thus, when Marquez connected the shot to the cheek, Pacquiao landed smack on his face. Something grievously serious had happened? Pacquiao wasn’t moving at all.

Jinkee, his wife, stood from her ringside seat and started to cry. She wanted to climb the ring but Bob Arum gently restrained her. And Jinky sobbed on Arum’s shoulders.

While doctors and other kibitzers checked frenziedly on Pacquiao, Freddie
Roach said, “Is he fucking dead?”

He wasn’t. Pacquiao would soon rise and sat on his corner stool—smiling.
“I got hit,” Pacquiao said later. “That’s boxing.”

Will he get hit again by, of all people, Bradley?

“I pity the guy,” Pacquiao has said about Bradley’s boast of a KO win with his left hook.

He did not elaborate. My take?

It will be Bradley who’s going to kiss the canvas.

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(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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