Saturday night, the second of perhaps the two biggest fights of 2012 goes down: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley.
With the looming specter of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (whose win over Miguel Cotto was the year's first big fight) hovering over this fight, Pacquiao has to win to maintain the hope that Pacquiao-Mayweather will finally happen. He's favored to do so, as well, but Bradley is a tough fighter and Pacquiao is in for a potentially rough night.
There are many factors as to why Bradley could beat Pacquiao, and vice versa, but these five main factors are going to determine who walks away with the WBO welterweight title.
Pacquiao's mental state: One of the things that didn't come out until recently was that Pacquiao's preparation for his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, which we at Inside Fights scored in favor of Marquez, was delayed significantly becauase of personal problems with his wife. Pacquiao has since claimed to have gone through a religious conversion of sorts, ...