Free Boxing Picks For Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley III

Jake Walker

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:21 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 6:21 PM UTC

On April 9, Manny Pacquiao will fight Tim Bradley for a third time in a bout that figures to be more competitive than their previous two encounters. Who should we back with our boxing picks?

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Boxing Pick: Pacquiao -265
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


The Reasoning Behind This Fight
Since Floyd Mayweather will apparently stay retired, at least for now, it was recently announced that Manny Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley once again. Their third fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9.

'Pacman' is practically healed up from his apparent shoulder injury but boxing fans aren't too interested after his decision to have a third fight with Timothy Bradley. It's true that Bradley technically won the first fight, but almost all boxing fans and experts consider it a robbery and believe that Pacquiao has already beat Bradley twice.


Can Bradley Upset Pacquiao Again?
Does Bradley have a chance in this third bout? Unlike in their previous fights, Pacquiao is 37, he hasn't fought in nearly a year and he will be coming off major surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Having undergone that procedure alone is enough for 'Pacman' to seriously consider a tune-up before this return bout.  

Even if his shoulder doesn't bother him, many experts and fans feel that Pacquiao's career is on the decline, while Bradley is coming off one of his best fights, a stoppage of Brandon Rios.

Also, an argument can be for Bradley becoming a better fighter since he split with longtime trainer Joel Diaz and put Teddy Atlas in his corner.

The early boxing odds for Pacquiao vs. Bradley III have 'Pacman' between -265 and -280 depending on where you look and Bradley is at around +200 and +230.


Is This Fight Intriguing?
There's some intrigue for this bout, no doubt, but both fighters should have taken these types of risks early in their careers and when healthy, like in their previous encounters. Pacquiao insists that this will likely be his last fight, so it adds curiosity and nostalgia as well.

To me, it’s not going to be a bad fight. Pacquiao dominated their previous meetings, true, but there are still questions surrounding his poor performance against Mayweather and how impressive Bradley looked in November, when he knocked out Brandon Rios. Still, it could be hard to put too much value on Bradley’s victory since Rios may have been hurt heading into that fight, but Bradley looked rejuvenated with Teddy Atlas in his corner while earning a ninth-round TKO.


Final Analysis
These two fighters are familiar with each other, and the back and forth arguments that trainers Tony Atlas and Freddie Roach will have could help make the fight extra marketable.

Tony Atlas will have an excellent game plan for Bradley, but the question is, will Bradley will be able to execute it? Meanwhile, Freddie Roach has to figure out if Bradley has truly improved as a fighter or if he was just lucky against Rios.

I don't see Pacquiao or Bradley playing it safe, both have a lot to prove to themselves, their opponent, boxing experts and fans alike. Pacquiao doesn't want to disappoint after his poor performance against Mayweather and we all know that Bradley dislikes losing. Having said that, I like 'Pacman' to ride off into the sunset with a win for one of my boxing picks.

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