BRADLEY CONFIDENT OF BEATING PACQUIAO
MANILA, APRIL 1, 2012 (MANILA TIMES) Written by : JUN MEDINA SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT (Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley AFP FILE PHOTO)
Unified world light welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley thinks he knows how to beat king of the ring Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao in their welterweight title match on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
“Honestly man, I’ve been studying this guy for years now, so I already got a plan,” Bradley, 28, told FightHype.com’s Percy Crawford.
“I don’t even have to watch film because he’s (Pacquiao) already into my cranium; he’s already into my brain,” added Bradley who once wisely declined an offer to be a sparring partner of the Pinoy icon, hoping he would one day have a shot at the world’s best boxer pound-for-pound.
Ten weeks before the fight, online betting lines showed that the 33-year-old Pacquiao is a 4-1 favorite to prevail against his younger, undefeated challenger.
Promoter Bob Arum said he expects the pay-per-view championship fight to generate $1.2 million to $1.3 million PPV sales.
Bradley, holder of the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization light welter titles, has an unblemished record of 28 straight wins, with one fight declared a no-contest because his opponent was unable to continue due to a bad cut in the third round. Bradley was winning 30-27 on all scorecards when the fight was stopped by the referee.
Bradley said he expects an action-packed showdown with Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champ, because of their attacking styles.
“I come to fight and Manny comes to fight. It’s going to be fireworks, man. It’s going to be action,” Bradley said in a Q & A with Crawford, a transcript of which was posted in FightHype.com.
“Don’t buy into all the smiles and all this and that. I come to fight and I’m ready and I’m hungry,” he added.
Bradley conceded that Pacquiao, who has knocked out bigger and stronger foes, is a formidable foe because of his speed and power.
But the American challenger from Palm Spring, California believes he has the skill and the strategy to deal with the explosive Pinoy icon, the only boxer to win eight world titles in different weight divisions.
“[Pacquiao’s] footwork is very good and to keep up his power as he goes up [in weight] is unbelievable,” said Bradley, who won a slice of the world light welter title on September 13, 2008 and has successfully defended his title seven times against quality opponents.
Bradley also thinks he has the tools to deal with Pacquiao’s awkward, attacking style which enables him to throw fast combinations in angles.
“But you know, I feel that I’m well trained and well schooled to deal with angles. There are not too many fighters that could move on angles with me. And I think I could deal with his speed as well,” he said.
Bradley said he expects to face Pacquiao at his best in their coming title fight because he wants to make a statement after his recent unconvincing majority decision win over Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
“He knows exactly what kind of tenacity I’m going to bring in that fight...so he is going to prepare himself very well and be the best that he can be and try to take me out,” Bradley said. “All of the pressure is on him because he is supposed to demolish me. He got all the pressure on him. That’s why they started camp early.”
Pacquiao said he would start training four to five weeks in Baguio City and later complete his preparations at his trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Little is known at this time about the training plan of Bradley, who said he won’t start training camp until the middle of April, while Pacquiao said he will start his own camp at the start of the month.
“I’m gonna start camp like mid-April, but I stay moving, man. I stay active. I stay up in the gym,” Bradley said.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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