A possible Manny Pacquiao loss to American Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 at Las Vegas, Nevada, can bring down a statistical loss but cannot erode the great things Pacquio has done in the sport of boxing. Since lost to Erik Morales in March 19, 2005, the Filipino boxer/congressman has been enjoying an incredible winning streak of 15th straight wins in the U.S. fight and the 16th if he wins against Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.
Based on Pacquiao's last 4 fights (3 UD's and 1 MD) we might have seen the 33-year old Pacquiao tipping point. We've seen the best of Manny Pacquiao four years ago in 2008 when he delivered powerful knockouts to Oscar dela Hoya, Manny Pacquiao's marital issues with his wife, Jinkee were severed in his last fight in November with Juan Manuel Marquez as Yahoo reports.and Miguel Cotto. Some observers said that Pacquiao's subpar performances in his last 3 fights especially on Marquez was the attributed to his extra activities aside from being a boxer which was TV host on his own game show and being elected as congressman in 2010. On top of that,
Pacquiao has a great training camp against Timothy Bradley but Roach praise his boxer at the same time throws some mix signals, "I think Manny should look really good in this fight. Manny should eat him up as he comes forward." The mix signals from Roach employs a stern warning on Pacquiao boxing career "But if he (Pacquiao) looks bad, he retires. At least I'll tell him to. And he may be the first one who will listen to me."
From a boxing fan point of view, Pacquiao's time will come to suffer defeat if he continues to fight, and you'll never know if that time come this Saturday as young Timothy Bradley will defeat Manny Pacquiao. But when ask if he has still unmet career goals, Pacquiao said, "Regarding unmet career goals, I have many, though not in boxing. I am very satisfied with what I have accomplished in my boxing career." and added, "I still have a great many goals that remain unmet as a Congressman. The province of Sarangani, which I represent, is still without a hospital."
If he wins against the young and undefeated Bradley, his distinctive Greatest boxer of All Time is sealed furthermore. Pacquiao's ascent to the throne of boxing went through the ultimate survival test ladder. Nobody in the history of boxing has done what he has done. "He’s arguably the most revered athlete in the world, and no longer is it just Filipinos who worship him." told Yahoo Kevin Iole in his article.
Poverty in his homeland Philippines forces Pacquiao to box as a teenager. Raised by a single mother who couldn’t afford to pay for his education, he knew he had to earn money to help his family. He spent time doing menial jobs, like construction at young age, enters local fight club just to earn few cents to feed his hungry stomach. From his Saranggani province he embarked to Manila to fing more lucrative boxing fights. Pacquiao embarks to professional boxing career at 106 pounds and started to win world titles from 112 pounds all the way up to 147 pounds with his monumental win against pretty boy Oscar De La Hoya.
In all, Pacquiao cruised to 10 weight divisions from which he collected a record of 8 world titles in different divisions. Boxing world were startled as the Filipino boxing sensation is pulling feat after feat and sprint himself to a more lucrative welterweight divisions and was pitted with the top dog Floyd Mayweather Jr. The allege $40-million Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight never materialized as the later begun throwing shenanigans, accusing Pacquiao of PED's use or just his alibi to elude meeting with number one pound for pound king.
Al Bernstein, sports broadcast-journalist, suggested that Pacquiao has reached a yet unheard of level of excellence, something that is beyond the usual even among the best of athletes. In an article says: "Perhaps the most amazing part of all this is that Manny reinvented himself as a fighter when he moved up in weight. He became a true boxer-puncher, using more movement, combination punching and widening his arsenal to include more right hooks. In his recent fights, he has been much more than the power punching, but sometimes one dimensional fighter he was in lower weight classes. He used power and toughness to get through wars of attrition. At the higher weights he has used guile, speed and, oh yes, still lots of power. I can't remember another fighter who has made such a transformation in his late 20's. It just isn't done. So, a unique place in history awaits Manny."
Pacquiao's success were attributed to his infinite amount of courage he brings to the ring when he fights. Pacquiao's boxing skills keeps on improving, his power, toughness, hard work and belief in himself and his God:, on many occasions in the past acknowledged that Pacquiao has a work ethic that is seldom seen in most other boxers. Roach has seen and trained hundreds of boxers, including legends like Mike Tyson.
Even Pacquiao said it once, "if you prepare hard enough then the actual fight would be easy." To prepare for a fight, the amount of effort, pain and sweat he puts into it is almost bottomless as his trainers would often restrain him to "take it easy." Pacquiao's success in boxing is easily attributed his hard work and preparation. Such a vital point can be traced in every successful boxers on the planet in the likes of, Duran, Roy Jones Jr, or even Sugar Ray Leonard.
Manny Pacquaio is rich and famous beyond all measure which he could easily moved to luxury life in the U.S. away from his third world homeland but it's not the real heart of Pacquaio. He was blessed with material blessings, but it bothered him to see others suffering in his homeland that desperately wanted help.
So, why Manny Pacquaio is the World's Greatest Boxer?
His desire to help his countrymen began long before his not known yet in the sport. Pacquiao believe that the best way to help his countrymen is to ran for office in the Philippines where he was elected as a congressman representing his poor Sarangani province. Pacquaio contributed mightily to the sport of boxing, but his real legacy to the world is his simple grace, humility and style with which he’s always carried himself that people will remember.
His the first active fighting congressman ever listed in the world, not only a champion of boxing but a champion of the poor who fight poverty for his people. Pacquiao uses his power and influence to serve his people as he built the first hospital for his constituents in Sarangani. With that said, it separates Manny Pacquaio from any world boxing champions in the world.
On June 9 Saturday is Pacquiao vs Bradley fight! Manny Pacquiao will return to Las Vegas ring as his countrymen in Philippines will stop breathing for a bit to watch and cheer for their idol. He will fight American Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title, as millions will watch his fight around the world, Pacquaio's usual goal is “to give a good fight and make the people happy.”
On Pacquiao vs Bradley prediction, experts says that the udefeated young Bradley will give Pacquiao a heck of a good fight. and Bradley should be able to last 12 rounds with Pacquiao. Bradley might adapt the style of Manuel Marquez but the problem is he's not Marquez.
Pacquiao speed will give Bradley some trouble but he's shown an ability to rebound, even after a slow start in his previous fights. Bradley has power and longer reach than the Filipino, but Pacquiao's agility and savvy should counter any slight physical limitations. The Pacquiao vs Bradley fight should go the distance, but Pacquiao should come out on top.