Officially, Bradley “won” the first fight against Pacquiao, but unofficially no one thinks he did. I thought it was a little closer than most (116-112 is how I scored it), but still thought it was a clear cut victory for Pacquiao.
Bradley says he won’t leave any doubt this time.
“Now I’m not the little dog on the block. I’m a top dog,” Bradley said to his hometown paper The Desert Sun. “I’m a lot more mature as a fighter, as a man. I’m a little older, Pacquiao is a little older, so it’s different. I’ve had some great wins in those two years and I feel I’m more than ready.
“It’s almost like I spar someone the first time. OK, you get a few shots. The second time, it’s much easier, because I know what to expect. Pacquiao can say the same thing about me. But Pacquiao only fights one-way guys. Only one way, and that’s the Pacquiao way.”
Even though I don’t believe that Bradley won the first fight, I make him a slight favored in the rematch.