On April 12, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2) and Timothy Bradley (31-0) will square off for the second time in two years. A little more than a week before the fight, one of Floyd Mayweather’s advisers has weighed in on the bout.
In a recent interview with Shade 45 Satellite Radio, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, gave his prediction on Pacquiao vs. Bradley. He said he expects the 35-year-old Filipino star would come out on top. Mayweather’s adviser also praised Bradley, but said the more experienced fighter would be too much for him.
Ellerbe isn’t the only one who expects to leave the MGM Grand with a victory. The betting odds favor Pacquiao, as well. He’s a -225 favorite at Bovada.lv.
In June 2012, Bradley defeated Pacquiao in a controversial decision. Most watching, including Ellerbe, felt that Pacquiao should have been awarded the victory. After the fight, five judges commissioned by the WBO ruled the bout in Pacquiao’s favor. However, the decision stood, giving Bradley the WBO welterweight title.
While Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley came with an unofficial asterisk, he was defeated cleanly in his next fight. Just six months later, Juan Manuel Marquez would knock Pacquiao before the end of the sixth round.
After defeating Pacquiao, Bradley has remained unbeaten. Wins over Ruslan Provodnikov and Marquez have bolstered his status as one of the premier welterweights in the world. The 30-year-old is trained by Joel Diaz, who has mainly trained top lightweight boxers.
Ellerbe also commented on the potential of Mayweather getting in the ring with Pac-Man. He reiterated the same claims that have come from the rest of Mayweather’s camp, saying Pacquiao’s relationship with Bob Arum is preventing a potential fight. Pacquiao has stated that he has no plans to leave Arum, with his contract with the long-time promoter set to expire in 2014.
Mayweather is set to fight Marcos Maidana on May 3.