HBO commentator and boxing analyst Max Kellerman sat down face-to-face with welterweight champs Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley to discuss their upcoming rematch on April 12th at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. These two fighters met in the ring back in June of 2012, which turned out to be one of boxing most controversial outcomes in recent years.
Before we begin the sweet sounds of Max Kellerman's musical chairs; let's take a closer look at what each fighter brings to the table.
Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO's) is truly known by the boxing world as an elite fighter. He started his real journey in the sport at 106 lbs., and quickly annihilated everyone he fought all the way up to 147 lbs. He beat some of the best guys in the sport including; Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and he retired Oscar De La Hoya just to name a few.
Pacquiao's history in the sport is undeniable. His resume speaks loudly for itself. He never ducked or dodged any fighter. His promoter Bob Arum founder and CEO of Top Rank Boxing would line them up in front of him and he would quickly knock them down. He was compared to a ‘typhoon’ when he stepped into the ring with the ability to destroy most of his competition.
He is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he won ten world titles and the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named 'Fighter of the Decade' during the 2000's and also named 'Fighter of the Year' three different times. The list goes on—but no need to say more about this boxing superstar.
Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO's) is coming off a remarkable year in boxing and should be acknowledged as well. In 2013, he beat Ruslan Provodnikov in a deadly toe-to-toe slugfest which was voted 'Fight of the Year' by the Boxing Writers of America. He then went after and defeated current top five pound-for-pound and future hall of famer Juan Manuel Marquez.
Marquez was coming off his big upset and devastating knockout of Manny Pacquiao, which garnered him 'Knockout of the Year' honors. It was Bradley who gave Marquez a boxing lesson in the eyes of many who observed their fight. With each fight Bradley seems to be getting sharper and stronger. Some feel that slugging with Manny Pacquiao could be a huge mistake for him, if he allows himself to be drawn into that kind of fight. Anyone who knows Pacquiao knows he always welcomes that kind of combat.
The undefeated Bradley confidence level couldn't be higher after such an astonishing year. Even during the Face Off, Kellerman pulled out an iPad tablet with video footage of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 1. Before he could ask the question Bradley quickly said, "8 to 4. I won that fight 8 rounds to 4." Kellerman and Pacquiao stared at him looking amazed as he spoke. Kellerman repeated the question over again to make sure he heard Bradley correctly, but his answer never changed.
Bradley then said, "I continue to beat the odds, every single time. I don't understand why people don’t believe in me. They don’t think I’m capable of doing it." He then went on to say (looking Manny right in the eyes), "the only way you beat me is... You're going to have to knock me out. That’s the only way you going to beat me Manny," he said. Again, Pacquiao looked at them both with a polite smile on his face.
Pacquiao said, "Bradley will have to knock him out to win as well." He then went on to say, "This time he will show a hungry Manny Pacquiao with aggressiveness." Bradley interrupted by saying, "There is nothing he could say bad about Manny, except the hunger is no longer there. He no longer has that killer instinct that once made him an icon in the sport. The fire is gone." Kellerman looked at both fighters and then asked Pacquiao the same question, "Is the fire gone?" Once again, Pacquiao looked back at them both and this time said, “He would pray to God for another fire.”
Those types of questions went back and forth by Kellerman with Bradley doing most of the talking. He seemed to be trying to get into Pacquiao’s head.
Although, before the Face Off could come to an end, Manny Pacquiao had the last word, he being the spiritual man he is today, quoted Luke 14:11 a verse from the Bible. With a very serious look on his face he said, “My time is not finished yet. My time is not done yet. One thing I can say to both of us, and all fighters; those who humble themselves will be exalted, and those who are exalted will be humbled.”