Nate Campbell: ‘If Pacquiao gets in shape, not only will he walk right through Bradley, he’s liable to ruin Bradley’

Manny Pacquiao landing on Tim Bradley during their June 2012 encounter in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

As the days go by, the possibility of a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley seems to become more realistic.

Bradley upset the Filipino icon by way of a controversial 12-round split-decision in June of last year in Las Vegas.

Each man had a solid 2013 campaign, with Bradley picking up decision victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez while Pacquiao looked impressive in rebounding and scoring a dominant victory over Brandon Rios in Macau, China last month.

During a recent conversation with former lightweight world champion Nate Campbell, he was asked to shed some insight into a second encounter between Pacquiao and Bradley.

“You know what?” asked Campbell. “I don’t think much of Bradley as a puncher, but Bradley’s going to do everything he can to win. But Bradley knows he can’t keep Pacquiao off of him. This time around, Pacquiao might hurt Bradley.”

Campbell fought Bradley in August of 2009, as he moved up in weight in an attempt to wrestle away his WBO junior welterweight belt. The fight was originally ruled in favor of Bradley by way of a technical knockout after three rounds, as Campbell cited blurry vision following a cut he suffered from a head butt from Bradley and elected not to continue.

Three weeks later the fight was correctly changed over to a No Decision and to this day Campbell still points to Bradley’s lack of power as one of the chinks in his armor.

“No, he can’t punch,” Campbell insisted of his former foe. “He’s not a puncher.”

And as far as a rematch with Pacquiao is concerned, Campbell feels that Bradley is barking up the wrong tree.

“If Pacquiao gets in shape like Pacquiao can get in, not only will he walk right through Bradley, he’s liable to ruin Bradley,” Campbell brazenly stated.

TO  LISTEN  TO the rest of Campbell’s interview, where he reveals why he was unimpressed with Pacquiao’s victory over Rios and much more, check below…

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