Quijano: 3 scenarios for Pacquiao-Bradley II

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


IT’S time again to come up with our three possible scenarios for this Sunday’s fight, and so without further ado, here’s what could happen when Manny Pacquiao squares off again with Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight crown.

FIRST. Manny Pacquiao enters the ring smiling and waiving in typical exuberant fashion, while Bradley appears somber and reserved.

Pacquiao starts out fast and clips Bradley with a right hook that sends him down just
two minutes into the fight. It’s a flash knockdown and Bradley gets up unhurt. Manny is on him in a flash but Bradley boxes out of harm’s way.

The second and third rounds are all Manny’s as he seems to be fighting with renewed energy and vigor and Bradley appears to be a step slower.

Bradley finally is able to mount some significant offense in the fourth round and punctuates it with a booming right hand that snaps Manny’s head back.

But in typical Pacman fashion, Manny raises his hands and goads Bradley for more.

The crowd erupts with delirious glee as the protagonists engage in a furious exchange just before the bell.

At the start of the fifth, Bradley is seen sporting a cut around his right eyebrow, but he soldiers on. Alas, he is too brave for his own good and Manny proceeds to systematically break him down in rounds 6-9.

In the tenth round, a bloodied and weary Bradley answers the bell but just 30 seconds into the round, Manny traps him in a corner and is teeing off on him when his corner throws in the towel making Manny the winner via TKO in the 10th.

SECOND. Bradley starts out strong and lands several solid jabs to take the first two rounds.

Manny lands a strong right hook in the third, but is unable to follow it up with anything substantial. For some reason, it seems like he can’t get into any appreciable punching rhythm.

Bradley continues to box smoothly in the middle rounds while Manny lands the occasional left straight. However, Bradley wins the rounds with more activity.

Manny comes alive in the 8th round and stuns Bradley with a right uppercut, a punch he doesn’t throw very often. The crowd goes wild as Manny pummels Bradley along the ropes but the latter is saved by the bell.

A visibly hurt Bradley gets on his bicycle in rounds 9 and 10. He still hasn’t recovered from the beating the previous round and is clearly on survival mode.

Round 11 is a testament to Bradley’s recuperative powers as he begins to take control of the round and lands several right hands. Manny answers with some furious combinations and it’s the best round of the fight.

In the final round, Bradley wisely avoids getting into exchanges as Manny pursues him.

Bradley ties him up when he can as his corner has advised him to protect his lead in the first half of the fight.

It seems his corner was spot on, as the judges gave him 7 of the 12 rounds, making him a winner via another controversial decision, fueling speculation for a third installment.

THIRD. Both men feel each other out in the first round, but Manny shades it by landing a solid left straight just before the bell.

Bradley starts becoming more aggressive in the second and third rounds, but Manny makes him pay during the exchanges.

Manny takes over the fight in the middle rounds as his accurate sniping bloodies Bradley’s nose.

By round 9, Bradley is on survival mode and Freddie Roach who has seen Bradley in the same situation against Ruslan Provodnikov urges Manny to turn up the heat.

However, Bradley gets his second wind and gathers enough steam to mount a mini-rally in the 10th and 11th rounds.

But by the 12th, he is running on empty and Manny is teeing off on him. The crowd goes wild expecting a violent conclusion, but just like what he did with Brandon Rios , Manny seems uninterested in going for the kill.

The fight ends with Bradley on his feet and Manny takes it via one sided unanimous decision.

LAST ROUNDS. Are on my SHS B ’89 batchmates-George Cinco who is in town and Dr. Dennis Ang who is now based in Las Vegas and who will be watching the Pacquiao-Bradley fight ringside. Cheers! (jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 09, 2014.

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