MANILA, Philippines – With the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch taking place this weekend, Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton offers us her take on the fight and why Pacquiao hasn’t knocked out anyone as of late.
“I thought Manny took the win over Bradley the first time,” she said.
Rappler recently caught up with the former women’s boxing world champion before her mixed martial arts debut on May 2, 2014.
Julaton will compete professionally in the cage for the first time, debuting on One Fighting Championship’s “Rise of Heroes” card at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
Like many others, Julaton feels Pacquiao won the first fight, but the outcome will be very different in the rematch. READ: Bradley takes down Pacquiao
“This time around, if Bradley tries to box with Pacquiao, I think Bradley won’t be able to keep up with Pacquiao’s footwork,” she added. READ: Who really won Pacquiao-Bradley I?
Pacquiao ran circles around Bradley the last time they fought. It comes as no surprise that Julaton, a veteran in women’s boxing, picked that up quickly. She also iterates Pacquiao has enough in the tank to score his first KO victory since stopping Miguel Cotto back in 2009.
“If Bradley trades punches with Pacquiao, Pacquiao knocks him out. Pacquiao’s speed, athleticism, and experience are enough to defeat whatever Bradley brings in the ring,” said the Filipina-American pugilist.
“Boxing is like playing chess in the ring and a knockout has to be set up at the highest levels. And size, will also determine how much power a boxer carries in the ring,” explained Julaton, on how hard it is to score knockout wins at the elite level.
“I started my amateur boxing career at 126 lbs., around the same time Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez for the first time, which was also at 126 lbs. Today, ten years later, Paquiao fights for titles at welterweight (147lbs) and I fight for titles at super bantamweight (122lbs),” she puts things in perspective.
“To ask a boxer to jump up multiple weight classes to fight other world class fighters is a tall order to fill.”
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