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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Impact of Timothy Bradley’s Win

| by Alex Groberman

The much-ballyhooed potential super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is completely unaffected by Timothy Bradley’s inexplicable victory this past Saturday night.

Heading into Pacquiao’s June 9 showdown versus the man who would eventually hand him his first loss in seven years, most viewed Bradley as nothing more than a speed bump. The Filipino champion was supposed to roll over him with ease, and then move on to a fourth match versus Juan Manuel Marquez towards the end of the year. After that, folks were praying that maybe, possibly a bout between Pacquiao and his arch rival would be added to the agenda.

Of course, we know what happened after that.

Despite the fact that Pacquiao landed nearly 100 more punches and almost 90 more power punches than the in-over-his-head Bradley, that wasn’t enough to impress two out of three amazingly incompetent judges. Because, you know, landing more shots than your opponent for 10 out of 12 rounds, and then beating him so thoroughly that after the match his manager admits that he had his guy losing eight out of the 12 rounds (allegedly!) isn’t good enough for a victory anymore.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

In one pathetic announcement, Pacquiao was dethroned and boxing lost whatever tiny shred of credibility it had, once and for all.

So, what does that mean for Pacquiao’s dream match versus Mayweather? Is it officially dead and gone? Not at all.

The allure of Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting was that it was the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world squaring off to decide who is truly best. The only thing that could have lessened the level of excitement for that match would have been if Mayweather lost his undefeated mark; nobody actually cares whether Pacquiao has three defeats on his record or four defeats.

No, Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley has zero impact on his potential match with Mayweather. It’s just as desirable today as it was last Friday. Which, mind you, is far less desirable than it was a year ago. The truth is, both Pacquiao and Mayweather have lost a step since they were at the top of their games. The fight we get from these two, if it ever happens, will not be as good as it could have been.

That's just the reality of the situation.

But strictly from the standpoint of how last Saturday’s result impacts Pacquiao vs. Mayweather – it doesn’t.

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