There were a lot of great fights in the month of April 2016 as this month was filled with a smorgasbord of thrilling early knockouts. From Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin overwhelming Dominic Wade; to Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence, Jr. continuing his climb in the sport with an impressive knockout of Chris Algieri; the month of April produced a lot of fights that could have gotten the nod for Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month.
It was Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao, however, who showed the boxing world exactly one month ago that he still has all of the reflexes, aggression, and fire to continue to be one of the best fighters in the sport when he dominated Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley in their rubber match on April 9, 2016. For that reason, the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley rubber match was chosen as Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month for April 2016.
This chess match, turned brawl, was dominated by one of the best fighters of this era in Manny Pacquiao. With all of the non-stop action in this fight, you can argue that the Pacquiao/Bradley rubber match was the best fight these 2 fighters gave the boxing world out of their 3 meetings.
Timothy Bradley started out the fight with a great boxing game plan as he boxed Pacquiao by keeping tactical distance while also keeping his left foot on the outside of Pacquiao’s right foot to avoid Pacquiao’s power. The boxing game plan that Bradley and legendary Trainer Teddy Atlas laid out did bother Pacquiao early on in this fight, but Pacquiao and his great Trainer Freddie Roach figured out the best way to stop Bradley’s great game plan; hit Bradley with a good shot to see how he would respond.
Now, Bradley has all of the skills to beat Manny Pacquiao, but the question heading into the rubber match was whether or not Bradley could be patient enough to stick to his boxing game plan if he got hit with a great shot by Pacquiao? Well, a big fat NO would be the answer as Bradley threw his great boxing game plan out the window and reverted back to trying to pay back Pacquiao with some power shots of his own which usually spells trouble for him.
Bradley continued to seal his own demise in this fight as he started to fight Pacquiao straightforward instead of at an angle which opened up a lot of straight shots and hooks for Pacquiao. With that said, Pacquiao took advantage of Bradley’s straightforwardness by using his good side to side movement to get inside and land some good combinations and hooks on Bradley.
Bradley tried to take a page out of the great Juan Manuel Marquez’s boxing book by trying to counterpunch Pacquiao with the right hand as Pacquiao was coming on the inside, but did not have much success.
Bradley’s great boxing landed him about 4 rounds in this fight in my humble opinion, but Pacquiao won 8 rounds, while scoring 2 knockdowns on Bradley in the fight. Pacquiao figured out Bradley’s boxing game plan and in the process scored knockdowns on Bradley; once in round 7 and once in round 9. The double left hook that Pacquiao landed on Bradley in round 9 sent Bradley rolling across the ring. In the end, Manny Pacquiao was simply the better fighter as he was too crafty for a very good Timothy Bradley.
This fight went to the judges’ scorecards and all 3 judges scored the bout 116 to 110 all for the winner of the Pac/Bradley rubber match…Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao.
This was a great fight!! Manny Pacquiao showed the boxing world that he still has the speed and reflexes to beat elite fighters in the sport. Timothy Bradley is an elite fighter, and Pacquiao blew him away with speed and aggression.
Bradley fought a great fight, but loss focus as the fight went into deep waters. The good thing about Timothy Bradley that boxing fans can appreciate about him is that he simply loves to brawl when he has the skills to box. Bradley will always be a threat at welterweight so fighters at 147, you better watch out for Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley.
As for the great Manny Pacquiao, any fight that involves the great ‘PacMan’ will most likely be chosen as Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) Fight of the Month. Pacquiao is in a great position at the moment as he can do just about anything he wants to do. Remember, there are a lot of boxing fans and experts out there who feel that Pacquiao still has a shot to beat Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Jr. if Mayweather decides to come out of retirement and fight so skies the limit for the legend that is Manny Pacquiao.
Now, I do not believe that Pacquiao can beat Mayweather, even if he is 100 percent healthy, but there are a lot of novice boxing fans out there who feel that Pacquiao should get another shot at Mayweather to see if he can beat Mayweather at 100 percent.
With all of the events going on in Pacquiao’s life right now, will he continue fighting? If Pacquiao decides to fight, all fighters from 147 to 160 would be a mega fight for him.
If Pacquiao decides to hang up the gloves for good, however, he will be considered one of the best fighters ever in my humble opinion. I really hope that Pacquiao decides to fight again because he still has all of the tools to take the boxing world by storm.
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