Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) founder and chairman Alvin Aguilar believes Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have what it takes to beat American Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley.
The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) and the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0 with 12 knockouts) will have a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I wouldn’t bet on him (Pacquiao) at all,” Aguilar, the country’s mixed martial arts founding father, told the Manila Times in a phone interview on Saturday. “Age and many distractions in his head are all disadvantages.”
“A younger faster and focused fighter versus an older fighter with too many distractions in his head,” he said.
Even though most boxing analysts, former and current world boxing champions have chosen Pacquiao to win convincingly, Aguilar insists that time has caught up with the former eighth weight division world title holder.
“Father Time has come to Manny and at the same time, Bradley has only boxing in his mind while Pacquiao has too many other things on his mind,” added Aguilar. “A boxer who fights at that level professionally should have a clear mind and one focus.”
“I wish this fight wouldn’t happen,” he said.
Aguilar said Pacquiao’s unanimous win over Mexican-American Brandon Rios last November 23 wasn’t enough to prove that he still has the killer instinct.
“If you are going to compare Rios to the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion (Bradley), there is a big difference in all aspects and skill level, that’s why you just cannot use that as basis,” Aguilar said.
He said Rios “wasn’t a credible opponent. He was just somebody place there to get Manny a win, so that his stock rises again.”
Long time sportswriter and international boxing analyst Larry Merchant agreed that age is the deciding factor in his fight with Bradley.
“Tim Bradley is a younger guy and he still thinks that he’s got stuff to prove, and that’s what makes Bradley who he is,” said Merchant to RingTV.com site recently. “Bradley wins every place that he goes. If there is any resistance, he wears you out. He’s a damn good fighter.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS