When Manny Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, it will be a historic night of sorts.
For the first time in almost nine years, Pacquiao will enter a fight with the height advantage. Pacquiao is listed as 5 feet 6 1/2 inches, while Bradley is 5-6. The last time Pacquiao was the taller man came when he fought Emmanuel Lucero in Los Angeles on July 26, 2003.
Pacquiao had a two-inch height advantage in that fight -- contested at super bantamweight -- as Lucero was listed as just 5-4. Lucero entered the bout with a 21-0-1 record, but he was stopped in the third round.
Since then, Pacquiao has fought 19 times and has been the shorter man 15 times. His opponents have been the same height four times.
Height isn't likely to have much of an impact upon the outcome, though it is something that at least bears watching since it's been so long since the Pacman had the upper hand in that category.
Since the Lucero fight, Pacquiao has fought fighters as tall as the 5-11 Antonio Margarito and the 5-10 1/2 Oscar De La Hoya. Of the 15 who were taller than he is, he gave up two or more inches in height eight times.
Bradley has been the shorter fighter most of his career, so it shouldn't impact him, either.