Five keys for Timothy Bradley Jr.

Nine months after his controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao, welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday (HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET/PT) to defend his belt for the first time against Ruslan Provodnikov at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KOs), of Russia, is a former sparring partner of Pacquiao and shares the same trainer in Freddie Roach.

Here are five keys to victory for Bradley against Provodnikov:

Speed and counterpunches

Take a risk, get the win

Anti-rust treatment

Upstair, dowstairs, KO

Don't trust the judges