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 Last update:  3/2/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Lederman: Bradley Has To Be Very Careful To Avoid KO
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Lederman: Pacquiao's the Favorite in Bradley Rematch

by David P. Greisman

Harold Lederman, HBOs longtime ringside scorer, caught up briefly with BoxingScene.com to give his thoughts on the April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

Lederman spoke with BoxingScene.com on Feb. 28.

BoxingScene.com: I know you dont make predictions on fights that you will be working, but what are your thoughts on the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley?

Lederman: Itll be an exciting fight. Timothy was in some really exciting fights recently with Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, if anybody can be in an exciting fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. I think that this ones going to be exciting. Hopefully Timothy will do a little bit better than he did in the first one. I scored the first one 11 to 1 for Pacquiao. Im the one that caused all the problems, I guess. Manny just kept hitting him with that straight left hand all night.

Manny did look good with Brandon Rios, I got to admit that. So I guess youd have to make Manny the favorite going in, but I think its going to be an exciting fight. Im really looking forward to it. Manny coming back to Vegas, after his last fight with Brandon Rios in Macau, is coming back to the MGM Grand. I think its going to be a terrific night of boxing for Vegas, for the fans that buy the pay-per-view, and for the few of us that are there at the fight.

Im really looking forward to a good fight. Timothy Bradley keeps winning, no matter what you say about him. Hes got that stance like Evander Holyfield: Hes right-handed, and he leans in and catches you with the head, so a lot of his fights are head butt fights. Youve got to be very careful you dont get busted up. Manny didnt get all busted up in the first fight with Bradley, but youve got to be very careful. I think its going to be exciting. I cant wait until April 12.

BoxingScene.com: I dont feel like one can conclude that Manny Pacquiao was done after the losses to Bradley and Marquez, but I also feel like one cant look at the Rios fight and necessarily conclude that Pacquiao is back.

Lederman: Thats my opinion. Freddie Roach does one great job with that man. No. 1, Manny himself is a very talented guy. You watch him, he does things that are so out of the ordinary. For example, southpaws, even great southpaws like Marvin Hagler, they paw with the right hand. Manny snaps his jab, he turns and then will knock you out with a right hook. Southpaws arent notoriously great punchers. That right hook, real good southpaws throw a real good right hook. Most of them have to set their feet to throw a right hook.

On the other hand, Manny Pacquiao, even though hes moving, even though hes turning, hell knock you out with a right hook. Its just incredible. The guys got talent that normal left-handed fighters dont have. Hes just a very talented guy. Like a lot of southpaws, hes got a real strong left hand. He can knock you out with the left hand. Hes got weapons, either a good straight left hand or a right hook that he can knock Bradley out with. So hes a dangerous guy, and Timothys going to have to be very careful not to get knocked out.

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Tags: Timothy Bradley , Manny Pacquiao , Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch , Pacquiao vs Bradley Rematch


 

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comment by Stl_Buay, on 03-03-2014
Manny is back.... To turn a high volume hard charging puncher like Rios into Winky Wright is incredible. Rios fought as if he was Winky Wright. High guard, defense first, and very low punch output and no risk taking. Hard to knock a guy fighting that style out. At the end of the day. One sho...

comment by hugh grant, on 03-03-2014
[QUOTE=moonshineman]Pacquiao is hungary for this fight. He did great with Rios. I have never seen Rios that busted up. Also Manny is coming back to Vegas, where he won so many titles, and Manny wants his title back and to erase the stigma of their last fight. I don't think Bradley has even a punc...

Pacquiao
comment by moonshineman, on 03-03-2014
Pacquiao is hungary for this fight. He did great with Rios. I have never seen Rios that busted up. Also Manny is coming back to Vegas, where he won so many titles, and Manny wants his title back and to erase the stigma of their last fight. I don't think Bradley has even a puncher's chance. Bradle...

comment by T.M.T, on 03-03-2014
[QUOTE=bojangles1987]Tim Bradley is a hard, hard, hard fighter to stop. The one undeniably elite trait he has is his will, and he will not stay down unless his body absolutely refuses to get up. Pacquiao would make a serious statement if he legitimately stopped Bradley.[/QUOTE] Pacquiao staye...

comment by bojangles1987, on 03-03-2014
Tim Bradley is a hard, hard, hard fighter to stop. The one undeniably elite trait he has is his will, and he will not stay down unless his body absolutely refuses to get up. Pacquiao would make a serious statement if he legitimately stopped Bradley.

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