Bradley has always lacked the technical, calculating approach and, similarly to Amir Khan, has relied on speed and volume, much to do with his past trainer. In their last match, Bradley erroneously decided to become a brawler and tired himself out with wide and ineffective punching; he was terrible.
For his part, Pacquiao was not the relentless volume puncher that he had previously been.
The decision of whom Pacquiao should fight came down to four possibilities: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Timothy Bradley. There have been inconsistencies made by Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, regarding who made the final decision – Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, or HBO television. Arum would have preferred Terence Crawford; for it is assumed that Pacquiao's career is about done and Arum wants Pacquiao to lose to one of his up and comers to boost their popularity. Of all, Bradley was least desired by the public because people generally do not want to see third meetings.
Simply put, Pacquiao is faster than Bradley and is capable or more volume. The math suggests that Bradley will have to excel at countering a good version of Pacquiao. But Bradley does not have the height and reach of a Floyd Mayweather; he is closer to Juan Manuel Marquez who was very successful in being able to counter Pacquiao. Historically, however, Bradley has been more of an in and out fighter a la Amir Khan.
If Bob Arum or HBO wants to milk Pacquiao for a few more dollars, Pacquiao-Bradley III certainly favors Pacquiao.
The fight airs on HBO Pay-Per-View Saturday, March 9, at 9p.m. US Eastern, while the broadcast in the UK begins at midnight on Premier Sports.