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Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley this Saturday on pay-per-view. Pacquiao is coming off a decision win in his rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez -- a decision that many observers thought should have gone the other way. With his biggest rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr. coming off one of his most impressive career wins over Miguel Cotto in a fight that not only saw Mayweather win but also entertain the fans.
Tim Dahlberg of the AP thinks Pacquiao needs an impressive win. In fact Dahlberg has this to say about what happens if Pacquiao doesn't impress:
Well, then you finally can forget about that big fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that now seems destined never to happen.
"If he looks bad, he retires," Roach said. "At least I'll tell him to. And he may be the first one who will listen to me."
For his part Pacquiao has an explanation, per the Miami Herald:
"The fight was not that hard for me but I was having some family problems," Pacquiao said. "I was in 100 percent physical condition for that fight against Marquez but I did have some family issue that I had to deal with. I also underestimated him."
"Bradley is a different type of fighter and we don't take this fight lightly," Pacquiao said. "We have trained hard for Bradley because he is the type of fighter we cannot underestimate.
It certainly wouldn't surprise me if Pacquiao falls off the table and loses to Bradley on Saturday but it sure will disappoint me and everyone else who's still holding out hope for a fight-of-the-decade against Mayweather.