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Pacquiao-Bradley predictions

Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, and Timothy

Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, and Timothy Bradley Jr. pose at a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif., to promote their June 9 welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Sadam Ali, undefeated welterweight: “Good fight. I’m in favor of Pac, but I’m not sleeping on Bradley.

Metta World Peace, Forward, Los Angeles Lakers: "That fight is going to be amazing because Timothy Bradley's confident. He's not like the most flashiest fighter, but he has a lot of heart, and he's not afraid. And he's getting better. People don't know that Timothy Bradley is getting better. Obviously, Manny Pacquiao, I think he's going to show up too. Manny Pacquiao has some bad habits that are bad for boxing, caught maybe drinking and going out a little bit too much. But Manny Pacquiao has cleaned up for this fight. So a clean Manny Pacquiao should be hard for Mr. Bradley.

"Timothy Bradley has a major shot. He's got a good punch, and he also has good defense. He has great endurance. If he goes to Manny Pacquiao's body and Manny Pacquiao loses his endurance, he'll take advantage, he'll definitely take advantage of that."

Holt McCallany, actor: “I've learned never to bet against Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest champions in boxing, but Timothy Bradley will make this a close, entertaining fight by moving constantly and frustrating Manny. Bradley knows this is his chance to make history and he'll give it everything he has, but in the end it won't be enough. Manny Pacquiao by split decision.”

Bobby Cassidy, Newsday: “In this fight, Manny Pacquiao will be facing a fighter physically smaller and just as quick. When faced with that combination against Juan Manuel Marquez, Pac Man was pushed to the brink of defeat. But I think the difference here will be strength. Manny will be too strong and his power will begin to wear Timothy Bradley down in the last third of the fight. I look for Pacquiao to win by 11th-round TKO.”

Mario Gonzalez, Newsday: “I think the Pacquiao-Bradley fight will not be a very intriguing match-up. I think a rededicated Pacquiao will prove doubters wrong after his disappointing showing verse Marquez. I think Pacquiao will win by KO in the 10th round...finally paving the way to a Pacquaio-Mayweather showdown.”

Marcus Henry, Newsday: “Betting against Manny Pacquaio is never a good thing, especially if he’s facing an opponent not known for knockout power. Tim Bradley has just 12 KOs in his 28–fight career. If he can’t hurt Pacquiao, he may not be able to get a decision in Las Vegas. That said, Pacquiao hasn’t looked like himself the last year or so and will have to stay elusive to avoid Bradley’s body attack. Pacquiao will do what it takes to win a split decision 115-113 (twice), 113-115.

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