• Pacquiao emerges as favorite among fellow pugs

     Manny Pacquiao (right) with conditioning coach Marvin Somodio.  FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao (right) with conditioning coach Marvin Somodio. FILE PHOTO

    Two former Filipino world boxing champions see Manny Pacquiao winning against World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley when the two clash for the second time on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, USA.

    “Manny’s skills are still far greater than Timothy Bradley. You can see it in all aspects,” former World Boxing Council bantamweight and WBO featherweight champion Gerry Peñalosa told The Manila Times. “Especially now that Manny improves a lot and he’s coming to get back against Bradley.”

    Peñalosa is also Pacquiao’s business partner.

    Two-time former world boxing champion Luisito Espinosa agreed on Peñalosa’s observation, “It’s going to be Manny this time,” said Espinosa. “Manny really wanted to get his belt back. Once Manny begins his training, I’m sure he’ll be at the best of his form. He’ll be faster and stronger unlike the first time they met.”

    Bradley (31-0 win-loss slate with 12 knockouts) won over Pacquiao (55-5-2 with 38 knockouts) via controversial unanimous decision in June 2012.

    The California native Bradley, known as “Desert Storm”, said in various interviews that he would beat Pacquiao anew to resolve all doubts.

    “It will be an easy fight for Manny all the way. Once he get caught by Pacquiao’s swinging left hook and tough combinations, Bradley is over,” Peñalosa added.

    Pacquiao returned to the ring in November in Macau, China with a resounding majority decision win over Brandon Rios, eleven months after he absorbed a sixth round knockout loss from Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.


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