World champion boxer Timothy Bradley is an aggressive fighter in the ring, so much so that he's been accused of using his head as a weapon in an attempt to gain an advantage.
Bradley, though, wasn't so aggressive in making his selections on his bracket for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Bradley, who fights Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, picked three No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 to reach the Final Four.
He did make a few first-round upset picks, choosing No. 11 Colorado State over No. 8 Murray State, No. 12 Long Beach State over No. 5 New Mexico, No. 12 Harvard over No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 11 Texas over No. 6Cincinnati.
Of Harvard, Bradley said, "Harvard's first appearance in 66 years is 'Linspirational.' It wasn't supposed to happen. A lot of naysayers will be crimes in the face when I upset Manny Pacquiao, too."
He said he picked Texas because it has better boxing fans than Cincinnati, which is sure to make him popular with the many fight fans in the Queen City.
"Texas has better basketball, boxing fans and chili," Bradley said. "Texas will bring on the heat, just like I will against Manny Pacquiao. Make no beans about it."
In the Sweet 16, Bradley took Syracuse over Wisconsin, Michigan State over Louisville, Kentucky over VCU, Baylor over Duke, Marquette over Missouri, Ohio State over Florida State, North Carolina over Michigan and Kansas over Georgetown.
He has Kentucky beating Michigan State and North Carolina besting Ohio State in the Final Four, with Kentucky winning it all.
Safe picks, to be sure, but I don't think Bradley will be so safe when he fights Pacquiao.
To celebrate his own underdog status, he might have been wiser to have picked the Vermont Catamounts to upset North Carolina in their opening-round game. Bradley always says he doesn't worry about the odds. Someone needs to tell him the Cats aren't worried, either. There's still time for him to change his picks.