Former two time welterweight champion Tim Bradley believes that Errol Spence Jr. Should easily defeat Eight Division champion Manny Pacquiao in their IBF/WBC 147 pound title fight in their Pay-Per-View fight on the 21st of August at the T-Mobile Arena.
Bradley sighted the physical advantages Spence will be bringing to the ring against the Filipino Senator but believes Spence will overwhelm Pacquiao and stop him in the middle rounds.
“Spence being the younger guy, the bigger guy, I think he has a little bit more on the back end of this fight,” Bradley said on The 3-Knockdown Rule Podcast. “I think it’s going to be very interesting in the beginning of this matchup.”
The 43 year old veteran champion Pacquiao will enter the ring against the 31 year old Spence, who presently has all the physical advantages which include Height, Reach and Frame and according to Bradley will be able to take the early charge Pacquiao will be bringing.
“Errol Spence is relaxed in the beginning,” Bradley said. “If you go back and watch [the fight against] Danny Garcia, Danny Garcia got off to a good start. I thought…Spence made the adjustment in the second round. Manny’s speed in the beginning is going to be difficult, but once Errol is able to figure out the distance and the range the fight is going to be a lot easier for him.
“If he can keep the fight outside, he should have no problem beating Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao faced Bradley thrice during his fighting days and that should give him first hand information on what Pacquiao damage, the Filipino can do to his opponents in the ring. That is why Bradley has refused to join everyone, including the Book-Markers in writing off the Senator.
“His 85% is better than other guys’ 90%,” Bradley said. “He still has the speed and the punching power. Spence is going to be surprised by how tenacious this guy is, even though he is 42 years old and he’s been in the game for a very long time. I believe this is his 26th year in the sport.”
Manny Pacquiao has proven difficult for a lot of fighters and that includes Bradley, who claims he was never able to adjust to Pacquiao’s style, which he termed the “Becky Jecky” style.
“I never got used to it all,” Bradley said. “His herky-jerky style is what makes him innovative inside the ring.”
“This guy keeps you on edge,” he continued. “You think he’ll attack you, and he’ll foot feint you, feint you with his hands…You’re just constantly burning energy standing in front of him.”
Spence has easily defeated big and physical welterweights in the past, a list that includes the likes of Shawn Porter and in his most recent fight Danny Garcia. Hence, the thinking that he will easily defeat Pacquiao. However, we will never know until fight night.