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Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2: The judges await

Fight week has got to be the most exciting build up in all of sports. The build up to the fight creates great discussion surrounding a wide range of factors regarding who will ultimately succeed and how.

Pacquiao faces Bradley again
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The build up for Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley 2 is fueled from the controversy of their first fight, the knockout loss for Pacquiao at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez and the fire fight Bradley walked through with Ruslan Provodnikov.

When the two combatants first fought in June of 2012 many ringside observers, fans and the general boxing public believed Pacquiao earned a decision victory. However to the shock of most viewers Bradley walked away champion by way of split decision victory.

So now going into this fight on Saturday will it be logical thinking to assume that Pacquiao would get a decision this time around? Perhaps, considering human tendency from the appointed judges to watch this fight closely given the controversy and scrutiny judges received from the first fight. There is no science behind judging a fight, sure there is criteria like effective aggressiveness and ring generalship etc. Judges will factor that into their scoring along with battling the distraction of the outcome of the first fight. With that said the biggest factor going into the fight will be the judging.

There is no doubt that this will be a highly competitive fight. Manny supporters will tune in to see if the Senator from the Philippines still has it. The boxing public wants to find out if Bradley deserves his time as champion and can defeat Pacquiao convincingly. Going into this fight Timothy Bradley can easily win eight rounds to Manny Pacquiao’s four and still lose eight rounds to four. The question is will it happen? The answer will be revealed by the judges this Saturday.

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