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PACQUIAO DECLARES HE'S READY TO FIGHT BRADLEY


MARCH 28 -Manny Pacquiao reacts as he hits the heavy bag at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). | Photo by Wendell Rupert Alinea/PhilBoxing.com
– With still two weeks left before his showdown with Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao said he’s already ready to take on the American. "I'm ready. I'm ready to fight even tomorrow," Pacquiao said Saturday in Los Angeles (Sunday in Manila) after sparring for again for a few rounds, according to PhilBoxing.com’s Eddie Alinea. The Filipino icon went nine rounds with sparmates Ghislain Maduma and Lydell Rhodes at the Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, looking sharp anew as he nears his third clash with Bradley. Pacquiao said he is satisfied with how his training camp went, stressing that there were no longer traces of the shoulder injury he sustained last year prior to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout "Our preparation was very, very good and I cannot ask for more," he added. "Walang naging major injury despite our heavy schedule, especially the past two weeks kaya nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord for sparing us from trouble throughout our eight weeks of preparation," Pacquiao continued. Pacquiao has one more week left in Los Angeles before motoring to Las Vegas for fight week. He and Bradley will clash at the MGM Grand. READ MORE...RELATED, Roach wants to see old Pacman power, speed...

ALSO: Pacman to break camp with rest, light sparring


APRIL 4 -Manny Pacquiao flexes his muscles before the media. ABAC CORDERO
HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach has one bit of advice to Manny Pacquiao on how to spend his day off on Sunday or the day before they head to Vegas for fight week.
“Go to church and relax,” said Roach after a relatively easy four-round sparring session for the Filipino boxer who’s in for his farewell fight on April 9. Pacquiao normally spends Sundays here in LA attending church service with his family, and then lunch at his favorite Japanese restaurant in Hollywood. During lunch, they are joined by more than a hundred. Last Sunday, word was passed during lunch at the Kabuki restaurant that Pacquiao wanted to spend the rest of the day in his Larchmont Park residence quietly. Pacquiao ended up watching TV and playing chess at home Roach would like Pacquiao to do the same thing because on Monday, he spars for a couple more rounds at the Wild Card Gym before heading to Sin City. The entourage normally leaves Los Angeles late in the afternoon and arrives in Las Vegas late at night. “We still have to spar a couple of rounds on Monday. More like today, just very loose,” said Roach, again saying around this time that the hard work has been done. “He’s a hundred percent ready,” said Roach after Pacquiao left the gym Saturday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bradley still overweight


APRIL 3 -Timothy Bradley stretches his muscles before getting up the ring. ABAC CORDERO
INDIO, California – Timothy Bradley said he was still six pounds over the welterweight limit when he staged a quick, open workout at his personal gym in this city 195 kilometers east of Los Angeles.
“I’m one-fifty-three. Six more to go,” said Bradley Friday afternoon, when fans, men, women and children who came to see him train, outnumbered members of the press. A handful of Filipino fight fans from nearby Palm Springs were around the concrete gym which Bradley built for his own personal use three years ago. It’s only eight days before his scheduled welterweight clash against super fighter Manny Pacquiao. Yet, there was no air of concern from Bradley, who looked comfortable where he’s at. Bradley had the muscles of a great bodybuilder and a demeanor loved by his fans. He was definitely heavier than Pacquiao, now walking around no heavier than 145 pounds. Perhaps it’s his way of doing things, and if he loses just close to a pound each day heading to the fight, then he’ll be safe at 147 in time for next Friday’s official weigh-in at the MGM Grand. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach - He looked tired


MARCH 27 -Manny Pacquiao poses with a fan in Los Angeles. ABAC CORDERO
HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach planted his eyes on Manny Pacquiao as the retiring eight-division champion stepped inside the dressing room of the Wild Card Gym Friday afternoon. Right away, Roach knew it wasn’t a good day to train. “He looked tired in the dressing room so there was no sense working out today,” Roach told Manila scribes after he sent Pacquiao off without breaking a sweat. “He sparred 12 rounds yesterday and he’s a little tired today so the best thing to do is give him a day rest. He will box eight rounds tomorrow,” he said. It’s not the first time in this camp Pacquiao skipped working out at the gym. A couple of times in General Santos City weeks ago he also took some extra time off. Scribes just got a little curious because it was in the same manner when Pacquiao started skipping gym sessions for the super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May. It turned out that Pacquiao had hurt his shoulder just a couple of weeks to the fight. Roach assured that it’s not the same case. “He seems fine. It’s just another day off. He’ll spar tomorrow and I hope he gets more rest Sunday,” said the celebrated trainer. READ MORE...RELATED Roach urges Pacman to put on weight...

ALSO: Usual crowd missing at Pacquiao's training at Wild Card gym


APRIL 1 -Manny Pacquiao always ends his workout with a prayer. Philstar.com / Dino Maragay
Exactly nine days before the conclusion of a trilogy, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao continues to prepare at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles as he is up to face familiar foe Timothy Bradley Jr. Gone are the days when his training was interrupted due to swelling crowd wanting to see him and his workout, but business is still as usual for the 37-year-old Filipino boxing icon. On the ground in Los Angeles, California is PhilStar.com Sports Editor Dino Maragay, who is sharing his snaps of what was initially an exclusive workout of the decorated Filipino boxer at the Wild Card Gym in the Hollywood neighborhood. READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS...

ALSO: Pacquiao camp downplays Bradley's plan to target shoulder


APRIL 1 -Manny Pacquiao joins the Top Rank team for a chat during a lull in his training. | Top Rank photo
 HOLLYWOOD - Manny Pacquiao's recently injured right shoulder is obviously a potential target for Timothy Bradley when they lock horns next week. Bradley himself previously bared his plan to go for Pacquiao's shoulder if the oppurtunity presents itself at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9 (April 10 in Manila). The Filipino icon's camp, however, has warned Bradley that it would be a mistake to do so. "Good luck trying to hit it (Pacquiao's right shoulder)," Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told Philstar.com/The STAR at the Wild Card Gym on Thursday as Pacquiao worked out in the background. Fortune assured that Pacquiao won't expose himself to Bradley by capitalizing on his speed. "The guy's too fast, he (Bradley) knows that," Fortune continued. And he concentrates on just the shoulder? He's gonna leave himself open for the other stuff. It's not a very smart tactic."
Pacquiao has successfully undergone surgery to treat the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury he sustained while training for Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. There were reports that Mayweather knew of Pacquiao's injury beforehand, constantly targetting it during their megabuck showdown. It's possible that Bradley will follow Mayweather's blueprint. But Freddie Roach, for his part, said it would be pointless. "Well, it doesn't matter if he (Bradley) does (target Pacquiao's shouder). The shoulder's completely healed," said Roach. FULL REPORT


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Pacquiao declares he’s ready to fight Bradley


Manny Pacquiao reacts as he hits the heavy bag at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). | Photo by Wendell Rupert Alinea/PhilBoxing.com

MANILA, APRIL 4, 2016 (PHILSTAR) Updated March 28, 2016 - With still two weeks left before his showdown with Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao said he’s already ready to take on the American.

"I'm ready. I'm ready to fight even tomorrow," Pacquiao said Saturday in Los Angeles (Sunday in Manila) after sparring for again for a few rounds, according to PhilBoxing.com’s Eddie Alinea.

The Filipino icon went nine rounds with sparmates Ghislain Maduma and Lydell Rhodes at the Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, looking sharp anew as he nears his third clash with Bradley.

Pacquiao said he is satisfied with how his training camp went, stressing that there were no longer traces of the shoulder injury he sustained last year prior to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout

"Our preparation was very, very good and I cannot ask for more," he added.

"Walang naging major injury despite our heavy schedule, especially the past two weeks kaya nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord for sparing us from trouble throughout our eight weeks of preparation," Pacquiao continued.

Pacquiao has one more week left in Los Angeles before motoring to Las Vegas for fight week. He and Bradley will clash at the MGM Grand.

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Roach wants to see old Pacman power, speed By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 30, 2016 - 12:00am 1 27 googleplus0 0


Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao does road work in Griffith Park in Los Angeles accompanied by his Jack Russell terrier Pacman. ABAC CORDERO

HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach said he misses the old Manny Pacquiao, and that’s the Manny Pacquiao he wants to see on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Roach said it’s Pacquiao’s power and speed that will carry them to victory over Timothy Bradley for their third fight at the MGM Grand.

He hasn’t seen both for quite some time now.

“The speed to overwhelm the opponent but it’s really speed and power. That’s what I want to see. We haven’t seen that for a long time,” said Roach.

Pacquiao hasn’t stopped an opponent inside the distance for seven years now, not since Miguel Cotto failed to last 12 rounds against him in 2009.

Pacquiao has lost three of his last six fights.

Twelve days from now, Pacquiao takes on Bradley for a third time, looking for an impressive win and a spectacular sendoff.

Pacquiao said he will retire after this fight.

Monday here in Los Angeles, the 37-year-old Pacquiao continued to impress his fans at Griffith Park during an early morning run, and then Roach at the Wild Card Gym in the afternoon.

Pacquiao succeeded.

“He was on fire. It was a very good workout. He looked great with his power, his speed. He was very fast. It was a very good day,” said Roach.

Pacquiao had been training for six weeks now, pitching camp in oven-hot General Santos City then moving on to this City of Angeles last March 12.

The hard work has been done, according to the chief trainer.

“He’s ready to fight but the thing is we still have a week to go and a couple of sparring days,” said Roach.

“But he’s ready to fight right now. We’re going eight rounds tomorrow but we might change that to six,” he said.

The last thing Roach wants to do now is make Pacquiao do more than what’s necessary.

“I don’t want to burn him out and overdo it,” he said.

“He’s already doing well,” Roach added.


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Pacman to break camp with rest, light sparring By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 4, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao flexes his muscles before the media. ABAC CORDERO

HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach has one bit of advice to Manny Pacquiao on how to spend his day off on Sunday or the day before they head to Vegas for fight week.

“Go to church and relax,” said Roach after a relatively easy four-round sparring session for the Filipino boxer who’s in for his farewell fight on April 9.

Pacquiao normally spends Sundays here in LA attending church service with his family, and then lunch at his favorite Japanese restaurant in Hollywood.

During lunch, they are joined by more than a hundred.

Last Sunday, word was passed during lunch at the Kabuki restaurant that Pacquiao wanted to spend the rest of the day in his Larchmont Park residence quietly.

Pacquiao ended up watching TV and playing chess at home

Roach would like Pacquiao to do the same thing because on Monday, he spars for a couple more rounds at the Wild Card Gym before heading to Sin City.

The entourage normally leaves Los Angeles late in the afternoon and arrives in Las Vegas late at night.

“We still have to spar a couple of rounds on Monday. More like today, just very loose,” said Roach, again saying around this time that the hard work has been done.

“He’s a hundred percent ready,” said Roach after Pacquiao left the gym Saturday.

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Roach can now look back at training camp, which started over a month ago in faraway General Santos City, and got going in this City of Smiles the second week of March.

Pacquiao, he said, did well.

“With the mitts, he punches real hard with both hands,” said Roach.

The right shoulder, everybody within Team Pacquiao is saying, is better than before.

“The shoulder is not bothering him whatsoever. Not even a concern right now. Everything is very good. I’m happy where he’s at right now,” was Roach’s assurance a week to the fight.

At times during training, Pacquiao would feel bothered by something on his feet, like he has blisters that seem to be affecting his movement.

“His feet get hot moving so much. It’s been a problem in the past but he has pads now to take care of that. It’s not a problem,” Roach told Pinoy reporters.

“He tells me his feet are hot, hot and two seconds later he’s like a wildcat,” he added.

All Freddie wants is one quiet Sunday.


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Bradley still overweight By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Timothy Bradley stretches his muscles before getting up the ring. ABAC CORDERO INDIO, California – Timothy Bradley said he was still six pounds over the welterweight limit when he staged a quick, open workout at his personal gym in this city 195 kilometers east of Los Angeles.

“I’m one-fifty-three. Six more to go,” said Bradley Friday afternoon, when fans, men, women and children who came to see him train, outnumbered members of the press.

A handful of Filipino fight fans from nearby Palm Springs were around the concrete gym which Bradley built for his own personal use three years ago.

It’s only eight days before his scheduled welterweight clash against super fighter Manny Pacquiao. Yet, there was no air of concern from Bradley, who looked comfortable where he’s at.

Bradley had the muscles of a great bodybuilder and a demeanor loved by his fans. He was definitely heavier than Pacquiao, now walking around no heavier than 145 pounds.

Perhaps it’s his way of doing things, and if he loses just close to a pound each day heading to the fight, then he’ll be safe at 147 in time for next Friday’s official weigh-in at the MGM Grand.

READ MORE...

Over at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, the retiring Filipino slugger staged his own workout Friday afternoon, behind closed doors, before a small group of team members.

In the morning, Pacquiao had a typical uphill run at Griffith Park, a tedious practice which Bradley has not practiced in training and paid very little attention to.

Bradley, now being trained by Teddy Atlas, must be saving his energy for the fight itself, his third in four years after a controversial win and a loss to the 37-year-old Pacquiao.

“It’s all about being smart. It’s all about putting in the proper work. It’s not about sparring until you can’t spar anymore,” he said.

On Saturday, Pacquiao spars for the last time, for three or four rounds.

Bradley made mediamen guess what’s the farthest he’d gone on his roadwork as he prepared for the third fight of his life – each one against Pacquiao.

“Three-and-a-half miles – no more,” he said.

The five-time world champion, coming off a big knockout over a flabby Brandon Rios last November, said he’s flexing just enough muscles this time.

“I just have to do what I need to do. I have to be smarter, stronger and faster, and beat him,” he said.

Bradley is convinced he won the first fight against Pacquiao, when most people think not, and despite twisting his right ankle in the latter rounds.

In the second fight, he said he tore a calf muscle, and Pacquiao ran away with a unanimous victory.

For Bradley, it was tougher handling his victory than his loss to Pacquiao.

“The pressure is on. The heat is on. And a lot of people can’t handle that. But this time could be a lot easier than the first time,” he said.

After 24 rounds between them, neither boxer had gone down to the floor.

“You just can’t go out looking for a knockout,” said Bradley, like Pacquiao the ex-WBO welterweight champion.

Bradley was fielding questions from the press and at the same time signing autographs for his fans.

“I’m calmer now. I’m more composed,” Bradley said.

“I just want a solid, decisive win,” he added.


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Roach: He looked tired By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 27, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao poses with a fan in Los Angeles. ABAC CORDERO

HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach planted his eyes on Manny Pacquiao as the retiring eight-division champion stepped inside the dressing room of the Wild Card Gym Friday afternoon.

Right away, Roach knew it wasn’t a good day to train.

“He looked tired in the dressing room so there was no sense working out today,” Roach told Manila scribes after he sent Pacquiao off without breaking a sweat.

“He sparred 12 rounds yesterday and he’s a little tired today so the best thing to do is give him a day rest. He will box eight rounds tomorrow,” he said.

It’s not the first time in this camp Pacquiao skipped working out at the gym. A couple of times in General Santos City weeks ago he also took some extra time off.

Scribes just got a little curious because it was in the same manner when Pacquiao started skipping gym sessions for the super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.

It turned out that Pacquiao had hurt his shoulder just a couple of weeks to the fight.

Roach assured that it’s not the same case.

“He seems fine. It’s just another day off. He’ll spar tomorrow and I hope he gets more rest Sunday,” said the celebrated trainer.

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Roach stressed that Pacquiao did not ask for the gym session to be called off.

“I suggested it,” he said.

Pacquiao arrived at the gym at 3 p.m., an hour late from the normal routine, on board his black Mercedes SL550 driven by his good friend, Abbas Ahmadi.

According to his aides, Pacquiao got home from his morning run up and down Griffith Park nearing noontime, and needed longer time to rest.

It came as a surprise for scribes waiting outside the gym when Pacquiao left less than an hour after he arrived. On his way out, he stopped by to greet his fans.

Pacquiao was signing autographs when Ahmadi, a Mitsubishi car dealer in the East Coast, rolled down the windows of the roadster.

The STAR asked Pacquiao where he was heading.

“Pinagpahinga ako (I was made to rest),” Pacquiao replied.

“Twelve rounds (sparring) tayo kahapon then Griffith pa kanina (earlier today). Pukpok sa takbo (I ran hard). Nag-planning lang kanina,” he said.

Pacquiao will spar eight rounds Saturday.

Over at Palm Springs, California, which is a couple of hours away, Timothy Bradley is gearing up for the April 9 showdown in Las Vegas.

Word is he’s not skipping a beat.

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Roach urges Pacman to put on weight By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 31, 2016 - 12:00am 1 19 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao doing abdominal exercises. ABAC CORDERO

HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach is playing nutritionist and has asked Manny Pacquiao to put on a little more weight just 11 days before the Filipino boxer’s awaited clash with Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao looks smaller than he was before getting close to a fight.

“It’s a little bit low. I told him to go out and eat steak and put some weight on,” Roach told Pinoy scribes who came to watch Pacquiao train at the Wild Card Gym.

“He’s like 145 (pounds). A little low than I thought it would be. But when you’re working hard that’s a common thing,” said Roach ahead of the welterweight contest.

There’s nothing much Pacquiao can do.

With all the hard work he’s been doing in training, he must be burning way too much calories that there’s not enough food on the table for him to gain extra weight.

Pacquiao eats as much as he wants.

The boxer with world titles in eight different weight classes, from flyweight to light-middleweight, ran hard in the foggy mountains of Griffith Park early Monday morning.

There was a little drizzle, too.

“Rain or shine tayo,” said Pacquiao.

For breakfast at his Larchmont Park residence, he finished a mountain of rice, beef steak and his favorite soup, bulalo.

The STAR, who sat beside Pacquiao in the dinner table, asked him about his weight.

There was no answer.

Pacquiao was back at the gym just a little past 1 p.m. He worked out for nearly two hours.

By the time he left the gym, he must have lost a few more pounds.

From the gym, Pacquiao proceeded to the Thai restaurant nearby, and joined his team for late lunch at around four in the afternoon.

Again, he ate all he could, this time feasting on steamed rice, chunks of beef tapa and scrambled eggs.

“Eat all you can,” he said, insisting that there’s no problem with his weight.

“Walang problema. Sa 147 pounds, walang problema ever since. I can still make 135 pounds, where I really was before,” he said.

Again, he was asked what his current weight was. He was not specific with his answer.

“No problem at 147,” he said.

Pacquiao said he’s not even sure yet how heavy he’d be for the official weigh-in.

“It depends on where I’m comfortable at. We’ll see,” he said.


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Usual crowd missing at Pacquiao's training at Wild Card gym Updated Friday April 01, 2016 - 12:27pm 31 7 Google +0 0


Manny Pacquiao always ends his workout with a prayer. Philstar.com / Dino Maragay

MANILA, Philippines - Exactly nine days before the conclusion of a trilogy, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao continues to prepare at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles as he is up to face familiar foe Timothy Bradley Jr.

Gone are the days when his training was interrupted due to swelling crowd wanting to see him and his workout, but business is still as usual for the 37-year-old Filipino boxing icon.

On the ground in Los Angeles, California is PhilStar.com Sports Editor Dino Maragay, who is sharing his snaps of what was initially an exclusive workout of the decorated Filipino boxer at the Wild Card Gym in the Hollywood neighborhood.

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Pacquiao is revved up to finish Bradley on Sunday, April 10 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Speculations have been floating that this would be Pacquiao's last dance as Father Time is slowly catching up with him.

Pacquiao's first two outing against the American Bradley saw a split in wins.

Followers and experts alike believe that the latter should have won their first meeting. Going for his 66th career fight, Pacquiao will be gunning for a second straight victory against his familiar foe.

His last match saw him lose to another American, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao-Bradley is slated on April 10 here in the Philippines.

The two boxers will again lock horns on a familiar ground--the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in Nevada.- Text by AJ Bolando and Denison Dalupang


The scene at the parking lot of the Wild Card Gym here in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Crowd turnout is surprisingly low, unusual. Gone were the thick crowds that used to troop to the gym's parking lot a few days before a Manny Pacquiao fight. Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


Manny Pacquiao hitting the heavy bag. Jokes "nahihiya ako, ang daming Pinoy!" Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


Pacquiao chats with trainer Freddie Roach. Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


Pacquiao sparring partner Ghislain Maduma. Raves about Manny's readiness. Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


Manny takes a water break. Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


Guess who's also in attendance to see his master train? The equally famous Pacdog, a boston terrier. Philstar.com/Dino Maragay


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Pacquiao camp downplays Bradley's plan to target shoulder Dino Maragay | Updated Friday April 01, 2016 - 4:34pm 14 1 Google +0 0


Manny Pacquiao joins the Top Rank team for a chat during a lull in his training. | Top Rank photo

HOLLYWOOD - Manny Pacquiao's recently injured right shoulder is obviously a potential target for Timothy Bradley when they lock horns next week.

Bradley himself previously bared his plan to go for Pacquiao's shoulder if the oppurtunity presents itself at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9 (April 10 in Manila).

The Filipino icon's camp, however, has warned Bradley that it would be a mistake to do so. "Good luck trying to hit it (Pacquiao's right shoulder)," Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told Philstar.com/The STAR at the Wild Card Gym on Thursday as Pacquiao worked out in the background. Fortune assured that Pacquiao won't expose himself to Bradley by capitalizing on his speed.

"The guy's too fast, he (Bradley) knows that," Fortune continued. And he concentrates on just the shoulder? He's gonna leave himself open for the other stuff. It's not a very smart tactic."

Pacquiao has successfully undergone surgery to treat the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury he sustained while training for Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. There were reports that Mayweather knew of Pacquiao's injury beforehand, constantly targetting it during their megabuck showdown.

It's possible that Bradley will follow Mayweather's blueprint. But Freddie Roach, for his part, said it would be pointless. "Well, it doesn't matter if he (Bradley) does (target Pacquiao's shouder). The shoulder's completely healed," said Roach.


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