Bradley simply does not have the skills to stay with Pacquiao, even if he is only at 75 or 80 percent of what he once brought into the ring.
Usually, the older an athlete gets, the longer he lingers on the playing field, the uglier it gets. Boxers Shane Mosley and Roy Jones, Jr. and New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada come to mind.
Shane Mosley may have taken a limo to the arena, but he rode a bike around the ring, keeping his opponent, the tornadic Manny Pacquiao, at a distance comfortable for him but rather irritating to the viewers who dropped big-fight money for a tango with less contact than the average episode of Dancing With the Stars.
Shane Mosley believes he’s doing Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s “dirty work” by facing Manny Pacquiao, and he has no intention of losing to the popular Filipino champion. Pacquiao and Mosley were in New York on Monday to wrap up a three-city press tour promoting their fight.
There’s an ancient maxim in boxing that a good big man beats a good little man. But in this case, with this fighter, the smaller man always wins.