ROACH TO MANNY: SHOW BRADLEY 'NO MERCY'

“Close the show. No mercy.” Such is the phrase made up by Freddie Roach that should serve as Manny Pacquiao’s mantra as he seeks payback against Timothy Bradley in their rematch on April 12. In a Top Rank release, Roach reiterated his desire for Pacquiao to pull off a “total and absolute victory” over Bradley, whom controversially defeated his ward the first time they met two years ago. Roach said Pacquiao has sustained the fine form he had when he left the Philippines to resume training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. “Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been,” the multi-awarded cornerman explained. Pacquiao earlier vowed to give Bradley no room and win all rounds against the undefeated American, something Roach claimed wasn’t the case in their first fight in June 2012. For their rematch, the Filipino icon is seeking a rout to avoid any controversy.

ALSO: WBO: Pacquiao-Bradley winner to face Marquez-Alvarado victor

In a report by Michael Readman of On The Ropes Boxing Radio, WBO president Paco Valcarcel confirmed that Marquez-Alvarado “is a WBO eliminator fight.” “So the winner between Marquez and Alvarado gets to fight the winner of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight,” said Valcarcel. Marquez faces Alvarado on May 17, and if he and Pacquiao win, they’re headed for another collision course. Marquez has had a change of heart about facing Pacquiao for a fifth time, saying he’ll do it again if a world title is on the line. The Mexican earlier insisted he no longer wants any part of his Filipino rival, whom he has met in the ring four times already. Pacquiao, for his part, had been very vocal about his willingness to again clash with his archrival, who knocked him out cold in their fourth fight in December 2012. Marquez, meanwhile, is aiming to become the first Mexican boxer to win world titles in five weight divisions. He had that chance against Bradley himself, but lost a split decision to the American in their WBO welterweight title duel in November last year.

ALSO: Pacquiao eyes wipeout vs Bradley

Knockout or not, Manny Pacquiao vowed to give Timothy Bradley no room and bag all rounds in their rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas. In a promotional blog released by fight broadcaster HBO, Pacquiao stressed he won their first bout two years ago, even though it was Bradley who came away with the decision victory. This time, the Filipino icon is going for a rout to avoid a similar controversial result. “I won at least 10 rounds against Tim Bradley the first time we fought. I intend to win all the rounds against him this time regardless of the length of the fight,” said Pacquiao, who won his last fight against Brandon Rios also in a one-sided manner. The fighting congressman has grown tired of Bradley’s repeated claims that he has lost his once vaunted killer’s instinct, and earlier promised to go all out against the undefeated American in their rematch.

ALSO: Pacquiao: ‘I still have the killer instinct’

Manny Pacquiao insists he is still capable of knocking his opponents out cold. It’s just that knockouts, according to the Filipino boxing icon, need to come at the opportune time. In a promotional blog released by HBO to drum up Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley, the fighting congressman said he has learned from his mistake against Juan Manuel Marquez in their last fight in December 2012. Pacquiao battered Marquez in that bout and was on the verge of stopping him, but the Mexican tagged him with a perfectly timed counter shot right before the bell sounded to end the sixth round. The General Santos City-based southpaw dropped face down and stayed motionless for a few scary minutes, and Marquez celebrated the win over his archrival, perhaps the biggest of his career. It was that bout that taught Pacquiao not to rush things. “The one thing I learned from my fight against Marquez was patience. When I had him teetering I became reckless and went in to finish him. I was careless and he landed the perfect punch. That was learning a lesson the hard way. But I learned it,” he explained.


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Roach to Manny: Show Bradley ‘no mercy’


Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach in this file photo.

MANILA, MARCH 17, 2014, (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - “Close the show. No mercy.”

Such is the phrase made up by Freddie Roach that should serve as Manny Pacquiao’s mantra as he seeks payback against Timothy Bradley in their rematch on April 12.

In a Top Rank release, Roach reiterated his desire for Pacquiao to pull off a “total and absolute victory” over Bradley, whom controversially defeated his ward the first time they met two years ago.

Roach said Pacquiao has sustained the fine form he had when he left the Philippines to resume training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

“Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been,” the multi-awarded cornerman explained.

Pacquiao earlier vowed to give Bradley no room and win all rounds against the undefeated American, something Roach claimed wasn’t the case in their first fight in June 2012. For their rematch, the Filipino icon is seeking a rout to avoid any controversy.

Roach, for his part, will make sure Pacquiao stays true to his word.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him,” he added.

Pacquiao, indeed, looked contented to cruise past Bradley in their first fight and didn’t go for the kill. And while the fighting congressman appeared to dominate the bout, Bradley still escaped with a majority decision win – a result that was slammed by many in the boxing community.

Roach says it won’t happen again.

“Not this time. Our Mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.’ You don’t have don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered. It’s ‘Last Call’ for Bradley on April 12,” the bespectacled trainer stressed.

“Manny is really motivated for this fight. We decided no matter how many fights we have remaining, we are determined to run the table and win every one. And when it is over it is going to be as world champion. And that can only happen with a total and absolute victory over Bradley,” he continued.

WBO: Pacquiao-Bradley winner to face Marquez-Alvarado victor By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 21, 2014 - 12:03pm 21 3 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization says the winner of the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be mandated to defend the WBO welterweight title against the winner of Juan Manuel Marquez’s fight with Mike Alvarado.

Bradley is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown against Pacquiao on April 12, while Marquez will take on Alvarado about a month after.

In a report by Michael Readman of On The Ropes Boxing Radio, WBO president Paco Valcarcel confirmed that Marquez-Alvarado “is a WBO eliminator fight.”

“So the winner between Marquez and Alvarado gets to fight the winner of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight,” said Valcarcel.

Marquez faces Alvarado on May 17, and if he and Pacquiao win, they’re headed for another collision course. Marquez has had a change of heart about facing Pacquiao for a fifth time, saying he’ll do it again if a world title is on the line.

The Mexican earlier insisted he no longer wants any part of his Filipino rival, whom he has met in the ring four times already.

Pacquiao, for his part, had been very vocal about his willingness to again clash with his archrival, who knocked him out cold in their fourth fight in December 2012.

Marquez, meanwhile, is aiming to become the first Mexican boxer to win world titles in five weight divisions. He had that chance against Bradley himself, but lost a split decision to the American in their WBO welterweight title duel in November last year.

Marquez will have to face Pacquiao again to achieve the feat, provided the latter gets past Bradley.

Pacquiao eyes wipeout vs Bradley By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 18, 2014 - 3:09pm 3 429 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao says he will try to win all rounds against Timothy Bradley in their April 12 rematch. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Knockout or not, Manny Pacquiao vowed to give Timothy Bradley no room and bag all rounds in their rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.

In a promotional blog released by fight broadcaster HBO, Pacquiao stressed he won their first bout two years ago, even though it was Bradley who came away with the decision victory.

This time, the Filipino icon is going for a rout to avoid a similar controversial result.

“I won at least 10 rounds against Tim Bradley the first time we fought. I intend to win all the rounds against him this time regardless of the length of the fight,” said Pacquiao, who won his last fight against Brandon Rios also in a one-sided manner.

The fighting congressman has grown tired of Bradley’s repeated claims that he has lost his once vaunted killer’s instinct, and earlier promised to go all out against the undefeated American in their rematch.

“He [Bradley] said I have lost my hunger and that my time is over. Everything I am doing in training camp is aimed at proving to him just how wrong he is,” added Pacquiao, who is currently training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

“I have all the respect for Bradley and what he has accomplished but I have no fear of him. He has inspired me to exceed my previous performances inside the ring,” he further said.

Bradley will be putting his WBO welterweight title on the line against Pacquiao, the same diadem he took from the Filipino in their first encounter. He is out to prove that his win over Pacquiao is no fluke.

Pacquiao, for his part, insisted he will revert to his old, aggressive self. He ended the blog by issuing a stern warning to his foe.

“If Bradley wants to meet the fighter who stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, he’s going to get his wish on April 12,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao: ‘I still have the killer instinct’ By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 18, 2014 - 4:22pm 4 569 googleplus0 1


Manny Pacquiao says he still has the killer instict to knock out opponents. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao insists he is still capable of knocking his opponents out cold. It’s just that knockouts, according to the Filipino boxing icon, need to come at the opportune time.

In a promotional blog released by HBO to drum up Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley, the fighting congressman said he has learned from his mistake against Juan Manuel Marquez in their last fight in December 2012.

Pacquiao battered Marquez in that bout and was on the verge of stopping him, but the Mexican tagged him with a perfectly timed counter shot right before the bell sounded to end the sixth round.

The General Santos City-based southpaw dropped face down and stayed motionless for a few scary minutes, and Marquez celebrated the win over his archrival, perhaps the biggest of his career.

It was that bout that taught Pacquiao not to rush things.

“The one thing I learned from my fight against Marquez was patience. When I had him teetering I became reckless and went in to finish him. I was careless and he landed the perfect punch. That was learning a lesson the hard way. But I learned it,” he explained.

Pacquiao rebounded with a win over Brandon Rios in November last year, and although he dominated the Mexican over 12 rounds, he failed to finish him off.

Pacquiao hasn’t stopped an opponent since his TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009, and this led some boxing observers – including Bradley – to conclude that Pacquiao’s killer instinct is gone.

The Sarangani congressman disagrees.

“I still have the killer instinct. I am not afraid to use my power and go for the knockout. But I will remember the lesson I learned from my last fight with Marquez. Knockouts need to come naturally, you should not force them,” he continued.

Freddie Roach wants his ward to stop Bradley on April 12, especially since fans love knockouts. Pacquiao, for his part, is willing to oblige.

“Freddie likes knockouts and I like to make Freddie happy,” he said.


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