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5 Reasons Why Bradley Could Win

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Boxing among all sports proudly and sometimes self-loathingly claims itself to be the sporting theater of the unexpected. And as we look at this main event this evening, there are some facts and trends and recent developments which point us toward another unexpected occurrence, that being us all seeing Tim Bradley having his hand raised at the end of the night and handing Manny Pacquiao a loss on what he’s stated will be the final fight of a pro career kicked off in 1995.

Here are 5 reasons which we can cite why Tim Bradley can and will defeat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on this April 9, 2016.

GOOD OR DAMAGED GOODS? Nature has a way of impolitely shoving an athlete off the stage, to the next vocational stage of their life, and that is by saddling aging sportsmen with injuries, with more frequency and severity than they had to contend with in their relative youth. Pacquiao, who turned 37 in December, hurt his right shoulder training for his last fight, against Floyd Mayweather, and exacerbated it in round four against “Money.” Surgery and rehab went well but will tissue keep cooperating? The older one gets the less likely that is. Sturdiness advantage goes to Bradley.

DISTRACT AND DESTROY Maintaining a Congressional seat in the Phillipines while targeting a Senate slot..and readying oneself for a prizefight against an ascendant foe. Manny can multi-task but this plate is overfilled, maybe, even for him. Trainer Freddie Roach worries that his guy gets pulled in too many directions by too many people and for good reason. He knows that Bradley has a single mindedness about him and trainer Teddy Atlas is similarly built, to be obsessively fixated on a task. Manny? Not as much…

HOMO-GENIUS Manny says he’s totally at ease with the kerfuffle which erupted when he compared gays to animals. Maybe so, but it would be easier to concentrate without such a brouhaha hanging around. He tells us his heart is full and conscience clear–but endorsers have pulled the plug on him and some previously friendly faces, inevitably, will be giving him wide berth. Is he not immune to feeling some mental strain from that change in perception to him?

MORE READY WITH TEDDY A trainer can’t fight for the fighter..but he can help push a good fighter to be great in the crucial points of a close fight. Teddy Atlas motivates like Vince Lombardi and could be the difference-maker tonight. Also, he’s maniacal about studying tape to seek out flaws to exploit. His game-planning could be the thing to give Bradley his 34th win.

AGE APPROPRIATE. Age is just a number..until it isn’t. Tim Bradley, a clean living man who doesn’t and hasn’t smoked cigarettes or been a boozer, at 32 is fresher than Pacman at 37. Relative youth could be served this evening and the younger man could help usher Pacman to the hammock.

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