Why the World should see Pacquiao Fight Bradley again
After successfully waking up from a slump - suffering from the worst defeat in his career in the hands of his eternal nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez - Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao is set to step onto the grand stage of boxing once again to try and regain the championship, the WBO Welterweight title he felt he never lost against the undefeated Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao has lost his aura of invincibility after a demoralizing downfall against Dinamita a year and a half ago. The world saw him kissing the canvas for the first time since he rose as a boxing megastar, quickly raising doubts in everybody's mind if he still has it. He hasn't knocked somebody out in three years, and the Rios fight was a bore - holding himself from finishing the guy out of compassion.
Now, next on his list is the man who beat him- technically, via a controversial split decision in September 2012 - although many sports analysts argue that Bradley is not in Pacman's class. Much like their first fight, many predict the champ would do nothing but run around and settle for cheap shots for points until he survives 12 rounds in the upcoming title bout.
Take away the title at stake, boxing fans are seemingly running out of reasons to watch Pacquiao duke it out with Bradley. Maybe a Mayweather-Pacquiao match is what the world wants to see, but April 12 may yet hold surprises any boxing fan could appreciate.
Old Pacquiao Might Return
For the first time in history, the future Filipino Boxing Hall of Famer will challenge a belt that used to belong around his waist. Even if Pacquiao says he understands that judges do make scoring mistakes, he's vocal in his eagerness to reclaim what is rightfully his. If it's any indication that his hunger for the gold is back, it's not hard to imagine for vintage Pacman to arrive and fight for the coveted title against Bradley.
Bradley Aches to Prove His Worth
Desert Storm gave Pacquiao his first loss since Erik Morales in 2005, but he barely got the recognition he feels he deserves with the monumental upset he accomplished. The 30-year-old American has all intentions to finish the Filipino icon convincingly to silence fans and critics blasting him, and align him with the greats. Bradley's burning desire to win in a compelling fashion could free him from his comfort zone and add more value to the second installment of their face-off by going for a decisive blow.
Winner Faces Marquez
Pacquiao may get a shot at redemption to make up for his soul-destroying collapse against his archenemy if he manages to get past Bradley. According to an LA Times interview, Marquez's promoter Fernando Beltran expressed his fighter's desire to challenge the winner of the Pacquioa-Bradley 2 showdown for the championship and leave a legacy as a five-division world champion before he hangs his gloves, despite his utter displeasure at facing the Filipino in the ring for a legendary fifth fight. As all three fighters belong to Top Rank, Pacquiao-Marquez 5 could materialize.
It's no surprise for any die-hard follower of Pacquiao's illustrious career to show little interest in his next assignment, thinking his victory over Rios wasn't enough to erase the idea that the Pacman everybody knows is now a thing of the past. Believe in him or doubt him, watching the "Pambansang Kamao" in motion is such a simple act of appreciation for the man who passionately brought the Philippines to the map of international boxing and showered hope upon the hearts of his countrymen with his stellar performances through sweat and blood. And for that, the worst thing Filipinos can do is to leave their hero alone on his way back to the top.