I hope come April 12, Manny can find that fire and be the Pacquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those 36 minutes that we will be in the ring, I am not expecting any compassion from him. – Timothy Bradley
Emphasis added on “The Hurt Business”. Those words succinctly bring the mood for both the game “Desert Storm” is going to bring, and probably what Manny is going to bring to the ring this coming Saturday. It’s ironic because, arguably, they are bringing each part of those words together: Tim enduring the hurt and using his budding ring IQ to win rounds, and Manny bringing the business, a glorified masthead for the empire Bob Arum is trying to push forward.
I feigned some jaded attitudes in that last sentence only to characterize the press about this upcoming fight. I’d say the mood is somewhere in between a tune-up fight for Manny, and a business-as-usual fight for Bradley, depending on who you want to root for. Pick a storyline: “Bradley is underrated” or “Manny needs redemption”.
In anticipation of this fight, I feel like we just have to compare the history of these fighters, frankly to see how their history matches up to their storyline.
To me, this is a story of one man taking on the best, and pushing through weight classes since 1995, and another man, honing his skill and spearing the deepest boxing weight class head on, hustling fight-to-fight. It will be a battle of grit for both men who have been through it all. That might be boring to some, and sometimes the fighters themselves seemed bored, but to me it just indicates an itch to get back in the ring and test their strength, endurance, and skill. May the best man win.