World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title holder Timonthy Bradley said he is confident former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has what it takes to defeat Mexican-American Brandon Rios.
“I definitely will pick Pacquiao in this fight,” Bradley told boxing site hustleboss.com writer Chris Robinson Saturday. “I think he (Manny) has a lot left in the tank. I think his speed, his movement, his power that he carries; I think he’ll be able to display it against Brandon Rios.”
“Brandon Rios is straight forward. His head don’t move to the side. He’s just straight down the middle all the time,” Bradley added. “And Pacquiao, everybody knows, he throws his combinations. [If] he puts them together, he’s going to do damage.”
Pacquiao, 34, who lost to Bradley via a controversial split decision last July, will face Rios on November 24 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
“The people know who was the real winner in that fight and that’s Pacquiao,” Pacquiao’s longtime lawyer Franklin Gacal said in an interview.
Bradley will stake his welterweight title against Pacquiao’s long-time Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas USA.
Marquez knocked out Pacquiao last December in the sixth round.
JOSEF T. RAMOS