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By Randy De La O
Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao on his victory over Tim Bradley last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It turned out to be an entertaining fight.
As far as I am concerned Bradley sealed his own fate when he told Pacquiao, that "He had nothing left, his time had come and gone, etc", Never give a man a cause. A man with a cause is hard to beat. It gives him legs.
Bradley came into the ring carrying all kinds of anger. He was tight and he was trying too hard for a knockout. More often than not, the harder you look for a knockout, the more it eludes you.
Late in the fight, announcer Jim Lampley said this "I don't understand why Bradley isn't busier." Roy Jones, with quiet exasperation answered as only a fighter who has been there can answer, "He's tired Jim......
Bradley had no doubt in his mind that he would knockout Pacquiao. He never left room for plan B. What if I don't knock him out? He paid the price.
Pacquiao understood this, and if he did not know this going into the fight, he figured it out pretty quickly as the fight played out. You could see it as Pacquiao began to take control of the fight in the early middle rounds. Manny was loose and confident but never overconfident. Plus, despite being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, he has a hell of a chin. Pacquiao has proven that - if not at 100% in his peak - he is still among the best. He is still a fighter to be reckoned with.
Still, I applaud Bradley for his effort, he was always in the fight and he fought with the huge heart that we have come to expect from him.
So the questions remain, Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Pacquiao, and if so, can Pacquiao win? For the most part, I would say, Pacquiao cannot win against Mayweather. I say for the most part, because as we have seen over the years, any man can rise to the occasion, under ever the most difficult circumstances. Marquez did this every time he fought Pacquiao. If any fighter today can rise to the occasion and beat Mayweather, that fighter is Manny Pacquiao. The Boxing world deserves to see this fight.
You still got it Manny!