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Pacquiao vs Bradley fight preview: Five questions we want answered

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Preview Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley here as we look at the big storylines heading into the third fight between these two rivals.

We are not far away from the biggest boxing fight to date of 2016 - Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III. The two men meet Saturday night to end their rivalry, and possibly end the career of Manny Pacquiao. As we head into fight night, there is a lot we want to know about Pacquiao, about Bradley, and about what the future holds - not just for Saturday night, but for what will come next.

To preview the big fight, here are the five questions we want to see answered at Pacquiao vs. Bradley III:

1. Can Timothy Bradley change the script?
On paper this is a rubber match, but as Roy Jones said in the preview, there's a big difference between on paper and on the canvas. The record book can say 1-1 all it wants, but most everyone knows that the score is 2-0 Pacquiao. Bradley has had two shots, and both times Pacquiao has outboxed him. Now, will shot #3 be any different? It might be. Pacquiao has been fading in recent years, and perhaps now he's faded to the point that Bradley can overcome that hurdle. If he does, it will almost certainly be attributed to a combination of Pacquiao's decline and the influence of one man, which brings us to question #2...

2. How much can Teddy Atlas change Timothy Bradley?
Much has been made of Bradley's new relationship with trainer Teddy Atlas, and it's easy to see why. The two worked very well together in their first outing, and there is a feeling that Atlas has taken Bradley to that next level, bringing back his boxing fundamentals and getting him out of the brawling game. The tough thing about that assessment is that the only Bradley/Atlas fight came against Brandon Rios - and Bradley has always been able to beat a guy like Brandon Rios. He's just never been able to beat Manny Pacquiao. Can Atlas bring him that far up? I'm not confident that he can. Bradley came close to losing against both Provodnikov and Vargas - my feeling is that Atlas can tighten up things to the point that Bradley no longer stumbles against that level, but rising to the Pacquiao level may be beyond his reach.

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3. Is this Pacquiao's last fight?
When it was first announced, this was a big selling point of this fight - the end of the line for the great Manny Pacquiao. Now, it's less clear. Pacquiao himself has hedged on it a bit, and Freddie Roach has been adamant that he wants more from Pacquiao, including another Mayweather fight. Then there's the idea of Pacquiao vs. Canelo Alvarez, a fight many have talked about in the past week. For a man about to retire, there sure are a lot of fights on the table right now.

4. What if Pacquiao loses?
Pacquiao is the favorite, but not by so much that a loss for the legend is inconceivable. And what would that mean for his legacy? Some have said it will mean little - just that he held on to fighting a bit too long. I'm not sure I agree. Consider this - in his big Hall of Fame run, Pacquiao basically had three rivals: Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather, and Timothy Bradley. The last time they fought, Marquez left Pacquiao face down on the mat, while Mayweather easily showed that he was the superior fighter. If Bradley wins here, he'll become 2-1 on paper against Pacquiao, and if that happens, I expect over the years we'll see more and more people viewing that 2-1 Bradley edge as legit. In which case Pacquiao was bested by all three of his rivals. It's not a good look for the former pound for pound great.

5. How many people will watch?
We won't get this answer Saturday night, but it's a good question. Last year, Pacquiao teamed up with Mayweather to obliterate every boxing business record ever. But there was a massive letdown after that fight, as Mayweather's retirement fight pulled in only 550,000 PPV buys - Mayweather's lowest numbers since fighting Carlos Baldomir in 2006. Meanwhile, Pacquiao's been fading too, pulling in just 400,000 for his last pre-Mayweather fight against Chris Algieri - his worst since 2008. Bradley is not Algieri and he's not Berto, and there's plenty to like about this fight. But there's also a feeling of "been there, done that" out there, and it could translate into another box office disappointment.

See how many answers we get this Saturday night with Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III live on PPV. Bloody Elbow will ave live fight night coverage of Pacquiao vs. Bradley III right here starting at 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday, April 9.