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Pacquiao vs. Bradley ["Revenge" Vol.IV]: Ruslan Marquez.

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Like something out of a dark James Bond "007" movie, Ruslan Provodnikov lit up our flatscreens and provided Timothy Bradley with more fireworks than the potato-headed iron man had ever seen in his life.

He was stalked, concussed, and in a game of “Survivor” I guarantee you never made it to CBS.

Like something out of Mexico and “From Dusk Till Dawn”, Juan Manuel Marquez appeared as a recurring creature from Hell to torment Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.

He was counter-punched, confused, and sucker-punched in a way that maybe only Memo Herredia – or perhaps NASA – can understand.

Somewhere in the middle of this is something that gives.

Styles truly do make fights, and if you don’t believe this, then you should look no further than these two examples.

Timothy Bradley would probably beat Juan Manuel Marquez fairly easily everyday of the week. Marquez is by nature an aggressive counter-puncher, who needs the activity opposite a fellow “A” lister, to be successful.

Because he has a wily penchant for survival and is preternaturally tough, Bradley could simply matador Marquez for the most part given their ring demeanors.

Somewhat of a conundrum, Bradley presents himself like he’s willing to die in the ring while being ready to survive at the same time. Marquez is a nasty and accurate puncher, as evidenced by his high KO % rate, but he waits just enough to be outboxed at the highest level.

Bradley did to Marquez what Floyd Mayweather had done to him a few years earlier, albeit less stylistically.

It would probably ruin him (though you probably wouldn’t know it from the outcome), given the pitched war it would be, but I think Manny Pacquiao would destroy Ruslan Provodnikov.

His come forward aggression, lack of polish and poorish defense would get him knocked somewhere into the middle of Siberia opposite Pacquiao. But strangely, none of that mattered against Bradley, who was hurt badly several times in that fight. In fact, he was hurt in ways I never saw Mauricio Herrera hurt by him.

It’s all about a match-up.

Bradley showed me in his initial encounter with Pacquiao that he really didn’t like engaging, and became much more passive in his approach once he realized he wasn’t going to be a bully in there at all.

Pacquiao had great success with Bradley when he was ultra-aggressive - which happened to be all Provodnikov was throughout, and Tim barely survived him.

That’s very telling – especially with Roach getting a 3rd look at Tim and a 2nd with his top dog.

This isn’t really closely related, but we may see the same thing unfold with Mayweather and Marcos Maidana soon, as I expect Marcos to put Floyd in serious jeopardy because of his committed aggression and freakish power.

Neither Floyd nor Tim really want it with world-class pressure fighters gunning for knockouts. Behind-the-scenes, Floyd was really reluctant to sign on for a date with Maidana and Robert Garcia, for reasons you will soon know.

But Bradley is not the kind of boxer Mayweather is, no matter what he says in front of a camera, and cannot beat Pacquiao if he commits to aggression and decides to unleash his freakish power, to go along with his already freakish speed.

The Pacquiao I saw prior to Marquez IV is the one I expect will greet Bradley, and a better one at that.

Pacquiao had a quiet rage about him, as witnessed before the opening bell, and generally looked sensational before he was short-circuited due to over-exuberance.

There is no way Bradley can fight Pacquiao like Marquez can, and it still took Juan Manuel 42 rounds to find a needle in a haystack. He doesn’t have his power, complete skill-set, counter-punch acumen or variety, or his intangibles.

He has genuinely angered “Pac Man”, and I think it will play out like the game itself, at the advanced levels, as Tim will feel like he’s being chased by 3 or 4 colorful monsters in the form of Pacquiao.

Then when he finds bursts of energy to fire, he won’t have the power to thwart what’s coming at him- with a vengeance.

I would be shocked if Manny Pacquiao doesn’t knockout Timothy Bradley.

appeared as a recurring creature from Hell to torment Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.

He was counter-punched, confused, and sucker-punched in a way that maybe only Memo Herredia – or perhaps NASA – can understand.

Somewhere in the middle of this is something that gives.

Styles truly do make fights, and if you don’t believe this, then you should look no further than these two examples.

Timothy Bradley would probably beat Juan Manuel Marquez fairly easily everyday of the week. Marquez is by nature an aggressive counter-puncher, who needs the activity opposite a fellow “A” lister, to be successful.

Because he has a wily penchant for survival and is preternaturally tough, Bradley could simply matador Marquez for the most part given their ring demeanors.

Somewhat of a conundrum, Bradley presents himself like he’s willing to die in the ring while being ready to survive at the same time. Marquez is a nasty and accurate puncher, as evidenced by his high KO % rate, but he waits just enough to be outboxed at the highest level.

Bradley did to Marquez what Mayweather had done to him a few years earlier, albeit less stylistically.

It would probably ruin him (though you probably wouldn’t know it from the outcome), given the pitched war it would be, but I think Manny Pacquiao would destroy Ruslan Provodnikov.

His come forward aggression, lack of polish and poorish defense would get him knocked somewhere into the middle of Siberia opposite Pacquiao. But strangely, none of that mattered against Bradley, who was hurt badly several times in that fight. In fact, he was hurt in ways I never saw Mauricio Herrera hurt by him.

It’s all about a match-up.

Bradley showed me in his initial encounter with Pacquiao that he really didn’t like engaging, and became much more passive in his approach once he realized he wasn’t going to be a bully in there at all.

Pacquiao had great success with Bradley when he was ultra-aggressive - which happened to be all Provodnikov was throughout, and Tim barely survived him.

That’s very telling – especially with Roach getting a 3rd look at Tim and a 2nd with his top dog.

This isn’t really closely related, but we may see the same thing unfold with Mayweather and Maidana soon, as I expect Marcos to put Floyd in serious jeopardy because of his committed aggression and freakish power.

Neither Floyd nor Tim really want it with world-class pressure fighters gunning for knockouts. Behind-the-scenes, Floyd was really reluctant to sign on for a date with Maidana and Robert Garcia, for reasons you will soon know.

But Bradley is not the kind of boxer Mayweather is, no matter what he says in front of a camera, and cannot beat Pacquiao if he commits to aggression and decides to unleash his freakish power, to go along with his already freakish speed.

The Pacquiao I saw prior to Marquez IV is the one I expect will greet Bradley, and a better one at that.

Pacquiao had a quiet rage about him, as witnessed before the opening bell, and generally looked sensational before he was short-circuited due to over-exuberance.

There is no way Bradley can fight Pacquiao like Marquez can, and it still took Juan Manuel 42 rounds to find a needle in a haystack. He doesn’t have his power, complete skill-set, counter-punch acumen or variety, or his intangibles.

He has genuinely angered “Pac Man”, and I think it will play out like the game itself, at the advanced levels, as Tim will feel like he’s being chased by 3 or 4 colorful monsters in the form of Pacquiao.

Then when he finds bursts of energy to fire, he won’t have the power to thwart what’s coming at him- with a vengeance.

I would be shocked if Manny Pacquiao doesn’t knockout Timothy Bradley.

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