By Shawn Craddick
Is Timothy Bradley the slick black fighter that the media and fans have been crucifying Manny Pacquiao about? Manny Pacquiao has gone through many opponents since his last lost to Erik Morales and he's made alot of it look easy even though it wasn't. Somewhere in the middle of beating his opponents the topic came up that he hasn't faced any slick black fighters. It was even quoted at one time by his former promoter that he purposely kept Manny Pacquiao away from African American fighters.
Joshua Clottey was thought of as the first black man to maybe give Pacquiao problems. After Manny Pacquiao beat him for 12 full rounds then came the critics. He's not a AFRICAN AMERICAN Black figher. Also he is not slick and he only comes forward with his guard up and he doesn't fight back. Now Pacquiao found himself in a dilemma again. How do I overcome the stereotype of beating a slick African American Fighter? Ah-ha ...
Here comes Sugar Shane Mosely. The same guy that beat Oscar De La Hoya twice and one day might go down in the Boxing Hall of Fame. I know that he is slick enough. Manny Pacquiao once again made it seem like easy work. Even dropping the durable Sugar Shane Mosely. Shane was back peddling all night long as Pacquiao fiercely tried to attack. Finally I will get the credit I deserve. NOPE. Shane was slick over 5 yrs ago they say. He's over the hill. Shane even said it was because of this "blister" on his foot why he could not move around and be "slick". Manny Pacquiao once again failed to shut the critics up.
But wait, lo and behold. Maybe Bob Arum has struck Gold. Not "Money" gold as in Floyd Mayweather but we have a young, slick, undefeated, African American Fighter by the name of Timothy Bradley. Surely the fans and media cannot say anything if Manny Pacquiao beats him on June 9th. Can they? Well, time will tell. We don't think Manny will get the credit he deserves until he faces Floyd Mayweather who is considered one of the Slickest African American Black figher of this era. Let's hope that Bob Arum WILL MAKE this happen to see if the critics were right or either Manny Pacquiao will prove them wrong. Stay Tuned.