WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao risks his 15-fight winning streak record against unbeaten Palm Springs boxing sensation Timothy Bradley Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao has not lost a single fight in the last seven years but his ring performance in the last few outings had not been quite impressive since winning over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto via TKO in 2009.
In 2010, the eight-division world champion fought Joshua Clottey of Ghana and Mexican-American Antonio Margarito, scoring unanimous decision in both fights. In May last year Pacquiao scored another unanimous decision against aging Shane Mosley.
In November 2011, Pacquiao struggled against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in a controversial trilogy bout he barely won via majority decision.
Trainer Freddie Roach attributed Pacquiao's "not so impressive" performance to prior fight night distractions which affected his focus on the fight.
Roach statement was confirmed by Pacquaio, saying he was not prepared mentally for the fight.
“I had personal problems during the last fight and even if I was in shape physically, mentally, I was not,” said Pacquiao
As Pacquiao refuses to make predictions, Bradley said he will shock the world by winning over Pacquiao on Saturday night.
Pacquiao is favored to win over Bradley with some odds makers figuring 4-1 in favor of the eight-division world champion.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" runner up Jessica Sanchez is set to sing the National Anthem before the start of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.
The Filipino/Mexican-American singing sensation said she is excited perform for the weekend boxing event.