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Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: Last Fight Of Pacman’s Career?

By Brian Ethridge - Posted: 04/01/14 08:52PM EDT
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Pacquiao set to retire? (Photo: Reuters)

A lot has been made about what Manny Pacquiao will do if/when he defeats Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. People believe he will then avenge his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez with a possible super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. after that. But what if he loses?

It is very possible that if Pacman loses, his professional boxing career will be over. There will be nowhere for Pacquiao to go anymore if he loses for the second time against Bradley. All of a sudden he would be seen as just another mediocre boxer who was once great, but has been caught by Father Time.

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Bradley doesn't seem to be worried about Pacquiao at all. He believes he's under Pacman's skin.

"Pacquiao is going to be vicious. I think I pissed him off," Bradley said via ABS-CBN News. "I got under his skin by saying that he lost it."

"He's been training hard, and I heard throughout the grapevine he has been looking sharp, and that's his job," said Bradley. "He needs to be at his very best. And I have been working hard, too, so we can put on a show for the fans, and that's what it's all about."

Once upon a time, Pacquiao was a maniac in the boxing ring. As soon as he had his opponent hurt, he went in for the kill in hopes of a knockout. But lately it doesn't seem like Pacman wants to knockout his opponents or even hurt them. That's just another reason why Bradley is confident that he will retire the famous Filipino boxer.

"Well, when was the last time you saw him knock somebody out? It's been a long time. Then he had a guy sitting in front of him, he was a tough guy - Brandon Rios - but he was right there in front of him and he couldn't get rid of him," Bradley said in the conference call.

"He (Pacquiao) is supposed to be one of the vicious punchers in the game. I have never seen Manny Pacquiao take a step back before - I think it was the last round of the Rios fight, and he had Rios trapped in the corner, and you saw Manny take his foot off the gas pedal."

It is obvious to anyone who has followed Pacquiao throughout the years that he is just a shell of his former self. That doesn't mean he can't still be one of the best boxers in the world, but the days of him being one of the best pound for pound fighters of all time are clearly gone.

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