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ARUM RAVES ABOUT PACQUIAO: BEST I'VE SEEN SINCE OSCAR FIGHT


Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach in this file photo.
Manny Pacquiao just reminded Bob Arum of the fighter who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. The Top Rank chief dropped by Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and he liked what he saw. “I was very pleased with how Manny looked,” Arum told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com. Pacquiao impressed Arum with his work on the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach, leaving the veteran promoter reminiscing about how the Filipino icon looked prior to one of his greatest fights ever. “This Manny Pacquiao is the best Pacquiao I've seen before the (Oscar) De La Hoya fight,” Arum declared. Arum was alluding to that fateful night in December 2008 when Pacquiao, a heavy underdog, battered De La Hoya for eight rounds, sending him to retirement. As he enters the final phase of training for his third showdown with Timothy Bradley next month, Pacquiao, according to Arum, is flashing the same deadly form. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao hints at fighting on after Bradley bout


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  Manny Pacquiao once declared that his fight with Timothy Bradley next month will be his last.
But with just a few weeks left before the showdown, Pacquiao has raised doubts about his plan to hang up his gloves soon. In an article by Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, Pacquiao said he isn’t ruling out fighting again after his third clash with Bradley. “We do not know. It’s hard to say if I’m finished. I can’t say I don’t want to come back,” said the Filipino icon. Pacquiao is gunning for a Senate seat in the May elections, and the Social Weather Stations ranked him at No. 7 in its latest pre-poll survey – a good indication that he might achieve his goal. Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, has said that he doesn’t believe it will be the last time we’ll see Pacquiao in the ring. In fact, the veteran promoter isn’t marketing Pacquiao-Bradley 3 as Pacquiao’s final bout as a professional. Right now, everything is possible. Whether Pacquiao will call it quits or continue on as a prizefighter depends on the result of the elections and his fight with Bradley. Boxing fans will know after April 9 (April 10 in Manila). “My decision will come after this fight. I’ll go back to the Philippines and … [might] have a new job to do and be focused on,” Pacquiao said. If you’ve been religiously following Pacquiao’s career, you know that nothing’s certain. FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Arum - If Manny impresses vs Bradley, he’ll want to fight on


Bob Arum isn't ruling out a comeback by Manny Pacquiao after his fight with Timothy Bradley. | File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is no stranger to boxers who have announced their retirement only to come back and fight again. And for him, Manny Pacquiao could be another case. The veteran promoter recently spoke to UK-based boxing scribe Gareth Davies of The Telegraph, saying Pacquiao will likely want to continue fighting if he wins impressively against Timothy Bradley next month. “He [Pacquiao] says this is his last fight. You can take that with a grain of salt, though. I think he believes it's going to be his last fight. But I'm not saying it's his last fight. This isn't my first rodeo,” said Arum. Pacquiao has maintained that he will retire after his bout with Bradley to focus on politics. Currently Sarangani representative, he is now eyeing a Senate post in the May elections. But Arum cited other boxers he knew, most notably Floyd Mayweather Jr., who could not resist the lure of the boxing ring after announcing their retirement. “I've had a lot of fighters tell me this is their last fight and six months later they're back in the ring. I had a fighter who retired at a press conference and half an hour later he unretired,” the Top Rank boss continued. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bradley camp plans to seize tempo vs Pacquiao


ROACH, PACQUIAO - BRADLEY, ATLAS
Teddy Atlas has Manny Pacquiao all figured out that he intends to make Tim Bradley impose himself and not allow the Filipino star to dictate the tempo of their third fight on April 9 in Las Vegas. Atlas, who was called in to retool the US fighter, told fightnews that Pacquiao simply did just about everything he wanted in the first two meetings, something that should not happen this time. “(We should) eliminate situations where Timmy (Bradley’s nickname) is hit with lefts – either off the jab or leads. In the second fight, although I know Tim was injured, Pacquiao was able to walk him down and we can’t allow that,” said Atlas. While the 37-year-old Pacquiao has slowed down a bit and even suffered an injury the last time against Floyd Mayweather, Atlas feels Bradley has to expect to face the “ultimate Pacquiao,” someone who is fast and furious and oozing with bad intentions. “I didn’t see any influence from injury in the Mayweather fight. When he had to throw that hand, he did without wincing or discomfort. As for age, I haven’t seen any dissipation and I don’t expect any now.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao and the Long Goodbye


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Manny Pacquiao’s long goodbye began Tuesday in a plush ballroom of a lush hotel in one of the richest cities in the world. Many would call this grand irony.
When the Congressman from the Sarangani province of the Philippines stood before a packed news conference in the Crystal Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, he was thousands of miles and millions of figurative light years away from where it all began. That was when he was a hungry child, trying to help his mother feed his siblings. He was in a big city. He sold things on the street. He scrambled for enough food just to live. There was no future beyond tomorrow. He played his game of existence one day at a time. Manny Pacquiao was a tiny Filipino street urchin. Bright lights of fancy hotel ballrooms an ocean away weren’t on his radar. Survival, and helping his family, was. He is 37 now, so that wasn’t exactly a lifetime ago. But Tuesday, there he was, the center of attraction as always, as he told his world of fans, through the media, about yet another boxing match, this one on the horizon April 9 in Las Vegas. That he would be fighting TIM BRADLEY for a third time was important. So was the controversy over his first Bradley fight and his loss in an apparent bad decision, as well as his second battle with Bradley two years later in 2014 that brought a solid victory. He said his surgically repaired right shoulder was O.K. He said he viewed Bradley now as a different, probably better, fighter. But those are the normal promotional things. This time, there was more, much more, that made the usual boxing hype and trial-balloon story lines seemed barely incidental. In fact, this may have been among the few boxing news conferences ever where hype, ticket-selling, name-calling and psychological rants took a back seat to an entirely different theme. Nostalgia. Boxing is normally about as subtle as a sledgehammer. In a sport built around the success of a punch in the mouth, there is little room or patience for such things as dwelling on the past and cherishing current greatness. CONTINUE READING...

TEDDY ATLAS DOESN’T EXPECT DISTRACTIONS TO BOTHER PACQUIAO


BRADLEY'S TRAINER ATLAS The trainer of Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, veteran Teddy Atlas doesn’t believe that supposed distractions will bother eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao who was set to begin training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach on Monday, Tuesday Manila Time. There are claims that Pacquiao will be more distracted than ever because of his senatorial bid in the May elections where he has dropped in the survey rankings following his comments that bitterly criticized gays, lesbians and others of similar inclinations claiming they were rose than animals. Manny apologized and continues to go out of his way to assuage the feelings of those he hurt by his remarks but Atlas told reporter Keith Idec that he doesn’t expect any of these supposed distractions to impact Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) on fight night. Bradley’s trainer has heard about Pacquiao’s pre-fight distractions throughout the Filipino superstar’s career, only to watch Pacquiao compete at an elite level once the bell rings. READ MORE...RELATED, Bradley: I’m not running from Pacquiao and I’ll do what I want...


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Arum raves about Pacquiao: Best I've seen since Oscar fight


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

MANILA, MARCH 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay March 15, 2016 - Manny Pacquiao just reminded Bob Arum of the fighter who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

The Top Rank chief dropped by Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and he liked what he saw.

“I was very pleased with how Manny looked,” Arum told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com.

Pacquiao impressed Arum with his work on the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach, leaving the veteran promoter reminiscing about how the Filipino icon looked prior to one of his greatest fights ever.

“This Manny Pacquiao is the best Pacquiao I've seen before the (Oscar) De La Hoya fight,” Arum declared.

Arum was alluding to that fateful night in December 2008 when Pacquiao, a heavy underdog, battered De La Hoya for eight rounds, sending him to retirement.

As he enters the final phase of training for his third showdown with Timothy Bradley next month, Pacquiao, according to Arum, is flashing the same deadly form.

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The difference? Arum noted that Pacquiao no longer has traces of the shoulder injury he incurred while training for Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

“Because he [Pacquiao] could function with the right hand. But he's had that tear since the De La Hoya fight, which is now repaired and he's using that right hand a lot more effectively,” Arum continued.

Against Mayweather, Pacquiao admitted being hampered by a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which he claimed kept him from throwing powerful right hooks.

But Pacquiao’s shoulder has fully healed, and Arum is pleased with the results so far.

“I just saw him hitting the pads and he's using that right hand. It's cracking as good as the left, and that hasn't been the case before,” he said.


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Pacquiao hints at fighting on after Bradley bout By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 16, 2016 - 1:41pm 3 54 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao once declared that his fight with Timothy Bradley next month will be his last.

But with just a few weeks left before the showdown, Pacquiao has raised doubts about his plan to hang up his gloves soon.

In an article by Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, Pacquiao said he isn’t ruling out fighting again after his third clash with Bradley.

“We do not know. It’s hard to say if I’m finished. I can’t say I don’t want to come back,” said the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao is gunning for a Senate seat in the May elections, and the Social Weather Stations ranked him at No. 7 in its latest pre-poll survey – a good indication that he might achieve his goal.

Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, has said that he doesn’t believe it will be the last time we’ll see Pacquiao in the ring. In fact, the veteran promoter isn’t marketing Pacquiao-Bradley 3 as Pacquiao’s final bout as a professional.

Right now, everything is possible.

Whether Pacquiao will call it quits or continue on as a prizefighter depends on the result of the elections and his fight with Bradley.

Boxing fans will know after April 9 (April 10 in Manila).

“My decision will come after this fight. I’ll go back to the Philippines and … [might] have a new job to do and be focused on,” Pacquiao said.

If you’ve been religiously following Pacquiao’s career, you know that nothing’s certain.


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Arum: If Manny impresses vs Bradley, he’ll want to fight on By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 14, 2016 - 3:58pm 6 175 googleplus0 0


Bob Arum isn't ruling out a comeback by Manny Pacquiao after his fight with Timothy Bradley. | File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is no stranger to boxers who have announced their retirement only to come back and fight again.

And for him, Manny Pacquiao could be another case.

The veteran promoter recently spoke to UK-based boxing scribe Gareth Davies of The Telegraph, saying Pacquiao will likely want to continue fighting if he wins impressively against Timothy Bradley next month.

“He [Pacquiao] says this is his last fight. You can take that with a grain of salt, though. I think he believes it's going to be his last fight. But I'm not saying it's his last fight. This isn't my first rodeo,” said Arum.

Pacquiao has maintained that he will retire after his bout with Bradley to focus on politics. Currently Sarangani representative, he is now eyeing a Senate post in the May elections.

But Arum cited other boxers he knew, most notably Floyd Mayweather Jr., who could not resist the lure of the boxing ring after announcing their retirement.

“I've had a lot of fighters tell me this is their last fight and six months later they're back in the ring. I had a fighter who retired at a press conference and half an hour later he unretired,” the Top Rank boss continued.

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“I have an instinct with all of them. These top fighters have a hard time giving it up, and if Manny's performance is an outstanding one against Bradley, he'll want to continue,” he added.

Mayweather himself retired after knocking out Ricky Hatton in 2007, but came back 21 months later to face Juan Manuel Marquez. He fought on until last year, defeating Pacquiao and Andre Berto before again calling it quits.

Arum, for his part, said money and attention conspire to lure boxers out of retirement.

“How many times has Floyd Mayweather retired? It sounds great when they say they want to retire. And it's not just the money. They miss the limelight. There's nothing like the adrenalin and all the attention you get and all the press that surrounds you. Then you go into the ring and all the eyes are on you,” explained Arum.


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Bradley camp plans to seize tempo vs Pacquiao by Nick Giongco March 17, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share7


ROACH, PACQUIAO - BRADLEY, ATLAS

Teddy Atlas has Manny Pacquiao all figured out that he intends to make Tim Bradley impose himself and not allow the Filipino star to dictate the tempo of their third fight on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Atlas, who was called in to retool the US fighter, told fightnews that Pacquiao simply did just about everything he wanted in the first two meetings, something that should not happen this time.

“(We should) eliminate situations where Timmy (Bradley’s nickname) is hit with lefts – either off the jab or leads. In the second fight, although I know Tim was injured, Pacquiao was able to walk him down and we can’t allow that,” said Atlas.

While the 37-year-old Pacquiao has slowed down a bit and even suffered an injury the last time against Floyd Mayweather, Atlas feels Bradley has to expect to face the “ultimate Pacquiao,” someone who is fast and furious and oozing with bad intentions.

“I didn’t see any influence from injury in the Mayweather fight. When he had to throw that hand, he did without wincing or discomfort. As for age, I haven’t seen any dissipation and I don’t expect any now.”

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Atlas and Bradley have been working the past several weeks almost under wraps in Palm Springs, away from the madding scene of Hollywood where Pacquiao has checked in for the final stage of his buildup that kicked off in General Santos City.

Famous for his role in the early career of Mike Tyson, Atlas sums up the blueprint for Pacquiao’s downfall.

“Not to allow Pacquiao to control the pace or rhythm of the fight,” said Atlas.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao will step up his sparring sessions today when he goes up with Frankie Gomez at the Wild Card Boxing Club.

Barely a week after arriving in the US, Pacquiao is making trainer Freddie Roach sport a wide grin.

The last time Pacquiao sparred, he went four rounds each with Ghislan Maduma and Lydell Rhodes in the presence of Top rank chief Bob Arum and Academy Award-winning director William Freidkin.


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Manny Pacquiao and the Long Goodbye By Bill Dwyre


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Manny Pacquiao’s long goodbye began Tuesday in a plush ballroom of a lush hotel in one of the richest cities in the world. Many would call this grand irony.

When the Congressman from the Sarangani province of the Philippines stood before a packed news conference in the Crystal Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, he was thousands of miles and millions of figurative light years away from where it all began. That was when he was a hungry child, trying to help his mother feed his siblings.

He was in a big city. He sold things on the street. He scrambled for enough food just to live. There was no future beyond tomorrow. He played his game of existence one day at a time. Manny Pacquiao was a tiny Filipino street urchin. Bright lights of fancy hotel ballrooms an ocean away weren’t on his radar. Survival, and helping his family, was.

He is 37 now, so that wasn’t exactly a lifetime ago.

But Tuesday, there he was, the center of attraction as always, as he told his world of fans, through the media, about yet another boxing match, this one on the horizon April 9 in Las Vegas.

That he would be fighting TIM BRADLEY for a third time was important. So was the controversy over his first Bradley fight and his loss in an apparent bad decision, as well as his second battle with Bradley two years later in 2014 that brought a solid victory. He said his surgically repaired right shoulder was O.K. He said he viewed Bradley now as a different, probably better, fighter.

But those are the normal promotional things.

This time, there was more, much more, that made the usual boxing hype and trial-balloon story lines seemed barely incidental. In fact, this may have been among the few boxing news conferences ever where hype, ticket-selling, name-calling and psychological rants took a back seat to an entirely different theme.

Nostalgia.

Boxing is normally about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

In a sport built around the success of a punch in the mouth, there is little room or patience for such things as dwelling on the past and cherishing current greatness.

CONTINUE READING...

Boxing has Halls of Fame, but the inductees all too often go to pick up their plaques in walkers and have trouble understanding what is being said about them from the podium.

Manny Pacquiao has said he is going to retire, that this fight, his 66th as a pro, will be his last.

In the world of boxing, that sort of declaration usually brings snickers and rolled eyes. It will bring some this time, too. Boxers bring it on themselves. They change their minds more often than new parents change diapers. Boxing retirements are usually not so much retirements as leverage plays for the next fight.

Bob Arum, chief executive of Top Rank Promotions, who has guided Pacquiao to his current stardom, is among the best at expressing the skepticism about retirements in his own sport.

“Brandon Rios retired after his last fight (with Bradley),” Arum said, “and unretired half an hour later. Some of these fighters, they retire when they have one wife, and when they get another one, they un-retire.”

That’s why Arum, as much as he trusts Pacquiao’s integrity, refuses to declare that this is Pacquiao’s last fight.


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“Maybe he will retire,” Arum says, “but I’m not gonna lose sleep on it.”

He added that, the most appealing decision-changing siren in the future for Pacquiao would be a strong performance against Bradley and an un-retirement by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who dealt Pacquiao his most humbling setback.

But even with Arum, that seemed to be mostly hedging his bets. The nostalgia, and the sentences delivered in past tense, full of historic implications, spoke volumes.

“Think of where he came from,” Arum said. “He was as obscure as you can get, a little guy, coming from half-way around the world. It is a tribute to him, but it is almost a bigger tribute to this country, which accepted him, even embraced him. He couldn’t speak English. If he had been Hispanic, or African-American, he might have had a leg up. But he wasn’t.”

Teddy Atlas, Bradley’s well-spoken, veteran manager, as much a student of boxing as there is, carried the theme a step further in his remarks.

He called Pacquiao the “most dynamic” fighter of the last decade and compared those who will want to watch his last fight with those who went to see Derek Jeter in his last go-around with the Yankees, and to those who are now scrambling for tickets to catch a last glimpse of Kobe Bryant as he closes out his Lakers’ career.

But it was Pacquiao himself who, in everything he said and even in his body language during a long day of media interviews and his speech at the press conference, furthered the concept that April 9 will be it.

“My greatest achievement in life is not what we have done for ourselves,” he said, “but what we have done for others.”

That quickly brought to mind one of the many stories of Pacquiao’s generosity. He once noticed how long and difficult it was for the fishing fleets in his home area of General Santos City to row out far enough to find the most fish and still get back home safely. So he bought them all outboard motors.

“I’m happy, happy to hang my gloves up,” Pacquiao told the audience. “I know I will feel sad. But that’s life.

“I fought, because I wanted to help my family. Now I will stop, because I want to help my country.”

Pacquiao will have about a month to campaign for a spot as a Philippine Senator after his April 9 fight. For most, that seems to solidify his desire, and need, to stop boxing. There are 250 congressmen in the Philippines, but only 24 senators. In this May election, half of those 24 will be elected to six-year terms. In the current polls, Pacquiao is ranked No. 8.

The skeptics remain, especially those who theorize that this fight is merely a grab for election-time headlines and exposure.

Arum is little more than a pinball in this game, but that didn’t stop him from summing up the general feeling for this onetime Filipino street urchin, who has risen to become the toast of the day in a place like Beverly Hills.

Arum said, “I can’t come to grips with the feeling that this is his last fight.”

Nor can boxing.

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Bill Dwyre will be writing a series of weekly columns on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event. Bill was sports editor of The Los Angeles Times for 25 years, ending in 2006. He was a sports columnist for 9 1/2 years at The Times, ending Nov. 25 with his retirement. Boxing was among his most frequent column topics. Bill can be contacted at BillPatDwyre@Gmail.com or via Twitter at @BillDwyre.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley world championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

* This column was not subject to the approval of Top Rank.


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TEDDY ATLAS DOESN’T EXPECT DISTRACTIONS TO BOTHER PACQUIAO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz PhilBoxing.com Mon, 14 Mar 2016


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The trainer of Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, veteran Teddy Atlas doesn’t believe that supposed distractions will bother eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao who was set to begin training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach on Monday, Tuesday Manila Time.

There are claims that Pacquiao will be more distracted than ever because of his senatorial bid in the May elections where he has dropped in the survey rankings following his comments that bitterly criticized gays, lesbians and others of similar inclinations claiming they were rose than animals.

Manny apologized and continues to go out of his way to assuage the feelings of those he hurt by his remarks but Atlas told reporter Keith Idec that he doesn’t expect any of these supposed distractions to impact Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) on fight night. Bradley’s trainer has heard about Pacquiao’s pre-fight distractions throughout the Filipino superstar’s career, only to watch Pacquiao compete at an elite level once the bell rings.

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Atlas said “I wish I could say yes, because I’ll take any advantage I can get for my fighter. But I don’t think I can say yes. I don’t think it’ll impact him in any negative ways at all. I go by what there’s a precedent to go by. I go by history, by what’s tangible. And he’s had distractions and if you want to call it chaos sometimes, but definitely a lot of things swirling around him throughout most of his career.”

He noted “whether it was politics, whether it was singing, whether it was some personal situations he was going through that everybody goes through, whether it was religious thoughts and growth so to speak, whether it was all the pulls on him because he’s an iconic figure in his country, where he gets all that attention you could never get here for one fighter … he has always dealt with that. It’s never impacted him.”

Atlas noted that innate ability is one of the few things the 37-year-old Pacquiao has in common with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The trainer reminded fight fans that he makes the comparison to Floyd Mayweather because “They said the same things about Floyd throughout this career.

‘You think this distraction’s gonna bother him, Teddy? No, because the last one didn’t. And the one before that didn’t. And the one before that didn’t.’ Floyd was a guy who always had distractions, who always had stuff going on in his life that might distract somebody else. But at the end of the day, it did not [distract] him from what he was doing. And it always showed that it didn’t. I feel like Pacquiao is the same kind of person in that way, where he’s able to handle all these things and still keep his eye on the prize and what he has to do in that ring.”

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FROM FIGHTNEWS.COM (EARLIER NEWS REPORT)

Bradley: I’m not running from Pacquiao and I’ll do what I want By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


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Five-time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) of Palm Springs , California is set take on eight division world champion Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs ) in what will be the third fight of their rivalry on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV.

Fightnews.com® spoke to Bradley on his upcoming fight with Pacquiao.

“It’s no different in this fight. I will be ready for every single thing Manny Pacquiao does. This is about legacy,” Timothy Bradley told us.

Bradley is coming off an impressive ninth round TKO over former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios this past November in his first fight under new trainer Teddy Atlas, who he brought out of retirement.

When I got inside with Rios, I wasn’t affected by it. I didn’t change my game plan. It doesn’t matter to me if Rios was out of shape. He was ready. That’s what he said. It wouldn’t had made a difference what Rios showed up,” Bradley said. “Teddy is a guru of boxing, that is all he knows. 45 years in the game, he’s in total control. He has his way and I’m going to follow his way because I experienced it against Rios. You saw the results.”


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 Now the duo will set their sights on Pacquaio during an eight week camp in Bradley’s hometown of Palm Springs.

“We have already had a mini-camp, Teddy and I. It was a two day camp. We looked at film and went over strategy and we worked on the strategy. I’ll start my camp February 15,” Bradley said. “Teddy will get me ready. My team will get me ready for everything we will be seeing April 9. He won’t change, he’ll be the same.”

For Pacquiao this will be his first fight back since dropping a decision at the hands of former pound for pound king and now retired Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fight that was billed as the “Fight of the Century” but turned out to be a dud.

“I can tell you this. It wont be like a Floyd fight. We’re not going to run or get spooked, that’s not our style,” Bradley said.

Surprisingly Bradley was selected to be Pacquiao’s opponent for his final fight. With Amir Khan lining himself up and rumors of a potential fight with Adrien Broner. There was also talk about a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, as well as a big money rematch with Mayweather. Bradley gave his take on being selected for a trilogy.

“I was very surprised that he picked me. I didn’t expect to have a third fight. I thought it was gonna go 1 and 1,” Bradley said. “I’m always willing to fight the best but Manny Pacquiao is on my mind.”

The two met for the first time back in June of 2012 with Pacquiao seemingly handling the then-undefeated Bradley. However the decision was highly controversial as Bradley was given a split nod by the judges. Less than two years later in a rematch, Pacquiao won a convincing unanimous decision in regaining the WBO welterweight title handing Bradley his first official loss.

“In the last fight I had a different mind set. I think that is what affected me in that fight. I was out there being something that I wasn’t instead of staying true to myself,” Bradley said about his last fight with Pacquiao. “Now I am the back-then, calm Bradley. Very smart, very experienced fighter. I have been in the ring with him for 24 rounds.” Bradley.

Since the first fight with Pacquiao, Bradley has gone 5-1-1, 1 KO.

Having gone to war in winning a tight decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in the 2013 Fight of the Year, following that fight he won a split decision over Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez.

Bradley would drop the decision to Pacquiao in the rematch in his next fight and returned to get a draw and nod on his eye against Diego Chaves. 2015 was quite a year for Bradley as he was involved in another thriller with a decision over Jesse Vargas. With about 20 seconds left in the fight Bradley was hurt badly from a right.

“I am different. This fight is not about Pacquiao, it’s about me being the best that I can be,” Bradley said. “If I limit those mistakes, those mortal sins, I should win the fight with no game plan. I just have to be on point.”

Pacquiao vs. Bradley will be a scheduled 12 round championship fight for as Bradley will be defending his WBO welterweight title for the second time.

“I’m not running from Pacquiao and I’ll do what I want,” Bradley concluded.

January 20th, 2016


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