DAILY BREAD BRADLEY-PACQUIAO RECAP
By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards
What a robbery ..... I'm not writing in with enough substance to demand a response .... But we know the deal ... Your fight break down was totally wrong ... Your a Great boxing mind ... I respect u ... I said in my last email PAC would own Bradley .... PAC won 10 rounds easily ... 9 at minimum ... I will keep a mental log ..... I shall see your response to other people .... Do your thing homie .... But your analysis was very off ... Which isn't bad ... We can all b wrong ... GOD SPEED
Breadís Response: First off let me say that I thought Manny Pacquiao won this fight handily. I publicly apologize to him for disrespecting his greatness. But my breakdown was NOT totally WRONG. Look at the video again. I told you guys that the decision would be controversial in Bradleyís favor. I also said the judges would subconsciously rule in Bradleyís favor because of the Marquez fight. Then if you listened to me close, I told you guys that Manny would NOT be able to ďput outĒ as much as Bradley.
As much as I thought Pacquiao handled Bradley and showed he was the superior fighter. Pacquiao does not have that step on the gas mechanism he once did. In my opinion he has officially slipped. He is still clearly better than Tim Bradley, but his inability to step on the gas, gave those judges a HORRIBLE excuse to rob him. Bradley was breathing hard after four rounds and ready to GO. Pacquiao sort of let him off the hook and allowed Bradley to hustle his way in the championship rounds and thatís exactly where they stole the fight from him. I had a terrible gut feeling that Bradley would win and I couldnít believe I was picking against Manny. For the record Manny won that dam fight and I am upset but I felt the outcome would be thisÖ..
Well I guess you were right with the call man, which is all that matters. Did u see Bradley winning the fight? I cannot understand boxing and I guess this is the luck part of the bets. I am really not sure how Bradley got the nod there. I am sorry that I didn't make any money, but no way did I think Pacquiao would have a bad decision go against him. You said controversial win by Bradley, but why, did you think he would get the benefit of a bad decision. Or did u think he would truly win a close fight that would be viewed as controversial because Pac is popular. Which of the two did u see it as.
All I can say is Damn.
Breadís Response: I thought Pacquiao won the fight. No doubt about it. I have no problem saying it. But I only told a few people I was leaning towards Bradley. I donít want to claim to Nostradamus but I couldnít shake my gut. So this is what I did. I made a promise to myself that I wouldnít fully commit to a prediction until it came to that point in my video mailbag. When it came to that point I couldnít shake my feeling and I went with it.
I honestly thought that the judges would get Pacquiao back because of the Marquez fight and I said it BEFOREHAND. I understand the subconsciousÖ..
I firmly believe this decision for timmy wasn't a gift, but a pill to satisfy a bunch of high rolling betters in vegas that put big money on the underdog to win. On a day when 'I'll have another' was unable to go for that triple crown at the belmont, the betting money had to have something to do with this.
Do you think this kind of thing happens, where people are threatened? Great, pac may not have that shark stamina like he used to but the handspeed and pop are still in those hands.
Breadís Response: I donít want to get into conspiracy theories as far as betting but I do know Bradley was a BIG DOG. Lots of people have emailed me and thanked me for my prediction. I donít know bro.
Yes Pacquiao still does have his punching power and handspeed. But as you get older, your stamina decreases. If you notice when fighters age they fight in spurts more. Manny threw over 700 punches but he wasnít as consistent in his attack. The reason why he is still so great and able to handle a guy like Bradley is because of his massive experience. You also have to realize that guys are afraid to engage Manny. Naazim Richardson said he exposed Pacquiao, in the Mosley fight and to a degree he did.
If you lead and engage Manny he will knock you out. Pacquiao is always the hardest puncher in the ring and he always seems to be willing to take more and has a better chin than his opponent. Think about that for a second. He always hurts you more than you hurt him and he is always pushing his opponent back when he decides to. Therefore these guys move away from him around that right corner and Manny does not have the sustained energy to track them down anymore...Ö
Hi bread man...great prediction on the fight. I predicted a 11th rd.stoppage win for manny...but I also thought that if he's not 100 percent and fights like he fought against Marquez ..he will lose....
Manny fought the same way...there were a lot of instances he just stands and let Bradley pot shot him with jabs and three punch combinations..I had Bradley winning 115-112.
There no doubt that manny has already slipped a a fighter..during his peak manny would always be on the attack mode and be the busier fighter..but now as in the past fights ...we're seeing signs of slippage because of age and wear and tear ...and younger fighters can take advantage of this. What do you think bread...should manny hang me up? More power
Breadís Response: Donít give me too many props, there is no way on this EARTH Bradley won that fight 115-112. My prediction was correct but that decision was not.
I'm so frustrated with Boxing. I'm sick of it. Yes boxers have been robbed before. They will be robbed again. Something needs to change. I don't know if it's Arum. I don't know if others saw what I didn't. I had Pac winning an easy fight. Not one person I know gave it to Bradley and the fact that He kept going on and on about the rematch just makes me think that t he fix was in.
I will say this though. The flaws that you said Bradley had did indeed show themselves and Pac took full advantage. I'm wondering what your score was??
Breadís Response: Yes Bradley has lots of problems with his punch delivery. If he didnít have his head as a deterrent, he would be in a serious trouble. But you have to be so conscious of his head itís hard to step in and put something on him.
A friend in the industry told me to not go public with my scorecard because it was a close fight. He had Pacquiao winning 115-113 but he claims that my scorecard was too lopsided. No disrespect to him but I donít value anyoneís opinion over my own. I donít usually score fights while Iím enjoying them, but I had Pacquiao winning 117-111. 9 rounds to 3. My friend is WRONG. What I find most interesting is ESPN had it 119-109 and the AP had it exactly like I did 117-111. Teddy Atlas who is notorious for going heavy against Pacquiao cried robbery. I know what I saw and Manny Pacquiao won that fight SUPER CLEAN. He didnít dominate the way he did De La Hoya but he controlled it and he won it.
hey breadman, paulie from the uk here. how's it going?
after watching the pacquiao/Bradley fight, I've got to ask you what you thought of the decision. I think pacquiao won cleanly enough to call this decision a robbery. With arums reaction after the decision was announced (he appeared to be smiling), is it conceivable that maybe he could have had something to do with the decision for the purpose of making a rematch & yet another ton of money? with Vegas seemingly being pacquiaos home away from home, it seems strange to me that he would not get the decision after a clear victory and Bradley definitely not doing enough to win the title. your opinion and knowledge is as always appreciated. thanks bread!
Breadís Response: I donít know whatís going on with Arum, but I did find his comments interesting. Now remember he is Tim Bradleyís promoter also. He publicly stated that Tim Bradley told him that Manny won. Then Arum publicly said that Cameron Dunkin told him Manny won 8 rounds to 4.
That is a serious statement coming from Arum. I would love to ask Bradley and Dunkin if itís true. I assume it is because Arum was so candid in saying it. I also take into consideration that Dunkin is Arumís biggest client as far as managers. I doubt if he would alienate himself from Dunkin with a LIE like that, but who knows.
The only good thing that I can say about Bradley was how well he could take a punch. Unlike most experts, I didnít give Bradley any change of winning this fight. Up until now he had been feasting on C and B level competition and was able to get away with his sloppy aggression. One thing I will say about Manny was even though I had him winning almost every round I thought he could of done a hole lot better. He did not put any good combinations together nor did he use the uppercut when Bradley was ducking his head. Now I can just hear Floyd fanboys flooding your mailbag with a lot of BS. This was worst than that Paul Williams victory over Lara.
Breadís Response: Manny could have done a lot better but he still won handily. I canít wait for the day for a fighter who receives a gift to say openly he doesnít want to get a victory like that. That would really make the judges feel stupid for the unwanted gift. Iím not saying Bradley has to do it because I donít know how he feels in his heart. But itís hard for me to believe that each of these fighters who receive these bad decisions really think they won.
In fairness Floydís fans have not sent into too much negativity about Pacquiao. Even they know Pacquiao won. I am interested to hear Team Mayweatherís comments.
First off let me say this. I am not a fan of Manny, nor have I ever been. But I am a fan of boxing. But I am truly disgusted with the judges who somehow scored this fight in favor of Bradley. I truly believe that Manny lost against Marquez, but it was a close fight. What I saw on Saturday was one, if not the biggest robbery i have ever seen in my life. I couldn't believe the judges scorecards. Tim Bradley appeared as if he was going to go down, every time Manny hit him. I hope that Tim will come forward and at the least announce that he was beaten. It will definitely be a benefit to boxing. I have a lot of respect in the way Bradley fought with will and determination But the only way I will maintain that respect will be by him being honest. As a huge Mayweather fan, I hope he pays attention to what happened June 9, and retires. As I don't want to see him loose his undefeated status to ridiculous judges. As for Manny, I am now a fan. *(unless you fight Mayweather) As I hate to see someone mistreated completely in life period. I choose to root for those who have been wronged, even though I felt like Marquez won their last fight. At least that fight was close, the fight was completely one-sided, and my mind will never let that decision escape. As for Bradley, I don't feel as if he has done anything wrong, but I hope that you will stand up, and speak the truth.
Breadís Response: I donít like doing interviews anymore. But I will try to get Tim Bradley on the phone and I am going to ask him point blank did he tell Bob Arum that he lost.
Ok bread.....where do we go now??? Boxing is clearly a fraud!! All this recent talk of cleaning up the sport and sadly PED's aren't even the issue anymore?? Do you think this was a way the judges are sending a message to Manny or even punishing him for making them wait til the nba eastern conference finals were over to start the main event? Or do you clearly think, in your deepest heart of hearts that Bradley did enough to win the fight? I know you chose Bradley to win in your recent video mailbag but I also know that I can go to you for the "God honest truth" in the sport of boxing.
Also how do you think this will impact any negotiotions, if any, between a potentially but now almost impossible, Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? And do you think this may be the sign of all signs for Manny to leave Arum and Top Rank? Do you have any idea of how long Pacquiao's contract is with Arum/Top Rank? I feel that Arum knows that he can't get the Mayweather deal done so why not milk a re-match (where its already conveniently planned for Nov. 10th) or even a trilogy?
Thanks for reading my mail Bread! Keep up the good work!
Breadís Response: I think Manny won! Teddy Atlas brought up Mannyís contract with Arum. I donít know much about that but I will inquire. Remember Manny cancelled that financial inquiry a few months back when he seemed disenchanted.
I have read you column for about 6 months now and not missed one but never mailed. I just watched the Bradley fight now and I am so lost for words I needed to mail you!
You seem to be the person I respect in boxing predictions now and when I saw your video prediction Bradley I was even more excited to watch the fight as I expected it to be so close.
But damn I did not think it was, I personally (and it seems most people think I am wrong) had it 10-2 or maybe 9-3 . My mouth dropped when it was announced a split decision and my initial thought was that I was finally done with boxing. I laugh with people at work that boxing is corrupt but this I feel shows it. I think the judges were paid off and the rematch was set in stone to happen. I cant stop thinking uncle bob was laughing all the way to the bank.
I actually feel sorry for Bradley as he knows he did not win and he could not hide it.
Paul (London UK)
Breadís Response: I watched the fight with a professional fighter and I swear he asked me did I think there was mistake with the scorecards. I didnít have an answer for him, but I guess you guys felt the same thing.
In light of the outrageous Pacquiao/Bradley decision, most people overlook another major shakeup in the welterweight division. Mike Jones was knocked out . I know youíre from Phlly but keep it real with us. What do you think went wrong with Jones? I have read your comment about Mike in the past and they seem to be true. Where does he go from here?
Breadís Response: Mike Jones is a really good kid and I feel for him. I have said that I think Mikeís physique and expectations outweigh his actual ability. Mike is the biggest welterweight I have ever seen. There is no way he is 5í11. Mike is every bit of 6ft or 6í1. He is extremely muscular and people assume he will fight like Tommy Hearns. Then when they see him, you see a good fighter with decent skills, but itís sort of a let down. I like to use this analogy, you go on a blind date expecting a 10 and an 7 shows up. The 7 is cute but thatís just not what you thought you were getting.
Mike has been struggling in my opinion at the top level and I as we were watching the fight I told the people I was watching it with that Mike was going to get knocked out. You can see that what Mike was doing was unnatural to him. He was moving to his right with his left shoulder accented up so Baileyís right hand with have to go through his shoulder.
Itís not natural for a right handed fighter to move to his right that often. You guys know my theory about that. Whenever you do something you are not used to, your muscles donít memorize the actions and it burns you out. I can tell mike was uncomfortable doing it because Mikeís feet were terrible. Whenever a fighter moves in a certain direction the foot closest to that direction should GO 1st. Basic fundamentals.
So if Mike was moving to his right, his right foot should take the first step in the action. Mike was crossing his feet and his left foot was going OVER his right foot. I pointed this out in the early rounds. As the fight wears on, lots of times a fighter gets tired mentally. Itís difficult to concentrate for 36 straight minutes. Mike forgot his principles and he started to stay right in front of Bailey. Bailey hit him with a right hand and that was that.
I also want to point something out. Mike showed Bradley too much respect. Mike can punch also. He acted like Bailey had a gun in his gloves. You can box without looking so tepid. Bailey was the smaller guy, he has been inactive, and he has showed he doesnít have the best chin or stamina. But Mike gave him a break because he allowed him to keep his right hand cocked and just walk after him at his own leisure. When guys like Chop Chop corley, Miguel Cotto and Diobelys Hurtado beat Bailey, they were conscience of his power but they didnít show that kind of respect. My rule punching power is only relative to who you are hitting.
I donít know where Mike is going from here. Mike maybe sort of new on the scene but heís 29 and he is in a stacked division. He hasnít really been thrown in super tough but I expect him to get calls to fight against all of the guns from 147-154. I wish him the best.
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