LOCAL and international boxing promoters Anson Tiu-Co and Leonard Ellerbe both favored Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao over unbeaten American Timothy Bradley in their scheduled rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Co of local MAG boxing promotion, predicted that the bout would go the distance with the 35-year-old Pacquiao winning through unanimous decision.
“The world is watching and I predicted it will be a close fight with Pacquiao winning by unanimous decision,” Co told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview. “The judges will play a vital role in this fight, so Pacquiao must deliver a convincing performance.”
Co said that Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) is in the best fighting condition of his career and the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Bradley (31-0 record with 12 knockouts) must deal with it.
“Manny punches hard and moves faster this time. He is in the best condition the last time I saw him before flying to Los Angeles in March,” added Co. “I believe Manny will able to avenge his split decision loss to Bradley two years ago.”
Suprisingly, one of Pacquiao’s harshest critics Ellerbe, also the chief executive officer of Mayweather Promotions, believes that the eighth weight division world champion will give the 31-year-old Bradley his first taste of defeat in his professional boxing career.
“I think Manny will win the fight. He won the first one. Bradley is a young terrific fighter, but I think Pacquiao is too much for him. And I think that night the fans will see the result of that,” Ellerbe told Edward Chaykovsky of boxingscene.com.
Meanwhile, Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum said the Nevada State Athletic Commission has already selected the officials for Pacquiao-Bradley 2.
The Commission chose veteran judges Glenn Trowbridge of Nevada, Michael Pernick of Florida and John Keane of Great Britain while Kenny Bayless was appointed as referee.