Tim Bradley believes Errol Spence must lose the fight.
The former welterweight world champion joins the quota makers believing Spence, the current WBC / IBF welterweight world champion, will face the Philippine in their predicted pay-per-view bout on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena Legend Manny Pacquiao should prevail in Las Vegas.
“Spence is the younger, the bigger guy, I think he has a little more by the end of this fight,” Bradley said on the podcast “The 3-Knockdown Rule”. “I think it will be very interesting at the beginning of this matchup.”
As long as the 31-year-old Spence (27-0, 21 KOs), who has clear physical advantages over the 42-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), over the hump in the Bradley is of the opinion that the Texan as Winner should emerge. Bradley expects Pacquiao to shine in the opening rounds.
“Errol Spence is relaxed at first,” said Bradley. “If you go back and watch [the fight against] Danny Garcia, Danny Garcia got off to a good start. I thought … Spence made the adjustment on the second round. Manny’s quickness will be difficult at first, but once Errol can gauge the distance and range the fight will be a lot easier for him.
“If he can keep the fight out, he shouldn’t have a problem beating Pacquiao.”
Even so, Bradley, who has fought Pacquiao three times in his career (1.2), won’t let Pacquiao count. Bradley knows perhaps better than anyone the unique difficulty Pacquiao presents to his opponents.
“His 85% is better than other guys’ 90%,” said Bradley. “He still has the speed and the punch. Spence will be surprised at how persistent this guy is, even though he’s 42 years old and has been in the game for a very long time. I think this is his 26th year in sport. ”
Of Pacquiao’s speed and agility, Bradley said he could never fully adjust to it in his fighting days.
“I never got used to it,” said Bradley. “His Herky Jerky style makes him innovative in the ring.”
“This guy keeps you nervous,” he continued. “You think he will attack you and he will deceive you with his feet, deceive you with his hands … You just burn energy all the time when you stand in front of him.”