February 5, 2016
February 5, 2016
Manny Pacquiao Freddie Roach Tim Bradley Teddy Atlas

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports

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BEFORE they enter the ring for their super brawls, Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley, Terence Crawford and Felix Verdejo, who are headlining upcoming world championship events, took time out to make predictions on Super Bowl 50, which will pit the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers on February 7.  Also adding their two cents were trainers world-famous Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, who will be facing each other from opposing corners for the first time, with Pacquiao and Bradley, respectively, top-10 contender Hank Lundy and undefeated Brazilian buzz saw William Silva, the respective opponents of Crawford and Verdejo.

MANNY PACQUIAO: “Peyton Manning is a great competitor and with the possibility that this could be his last game I think he will be an inspiration to the Broncos to win and to end Peyton’s career as a world champion.  He is certainly an inspiration to me.”

TIM BRADLEY: “It’s very clear to me — Carolina Panthers 31-27.”

FREDDIE ROACH: “I’m going with the Broncos because Peyton Manning, like Manny Pacquiao, has racked up all the records and the victories against superior opposition.  Champions like Manning and Pacquiao know only one way to go out in their last rodeo and that’s on top.  It’s Manningfest Destiny.”

TEDDY ATLAS: “It is Cam Newton’s time as I believe it is Tim Bradley’s and that is why Newton will win a Super Bowl and Bradley, a super championship, while Peyton Manning and Manny Pacquiao both retire after great careers.”

TERENCE CRAWFORD: “I don’t know what the score will be but the Carolina Panthers are the better team.  One big reason is that they have Cam Newton as quarterback.”

HANK LUNDY: “I’m not really into it that much because I’ve got my own Super Bowl to worry about on February 27th and I’m coming to win the championship.  I like Peyton Manning a lot, but I think Cam Newton is going to take care of business.  Panthers 21-14.”

FELIX VERDEJO: “I’m going to pick the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl this year.  They are the better team”

WILLIAM SILVA: “I’m from Brasil so I do not get to see a lot of American football, but I think the Panthers will be the better team on Super Bowl day based upon their performances in past games.  As far as the score, I think it will be the Panthers with three touchdowns to the  Broncos’ one touchdown.”