Like many boxing fans, well-respected trainer/commentator Emanuel Steward scored the June 9 showdown between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao in favor of the Filipino congressman. But he was impressed with some of the things he saw from “Desert Storm.”
Steward still feels Bradley has a lot of room for improvement, and he offered the WBO welterweight champion some advice during a recent interview with Chris Robinson.
“I think Timothy Bradley is definitely going to be a better fighter,” Steward said. “The fact that he’s been fighting so infrequent, that was, what I would say, was an introduction to the elite level to the fighter who was considered by many to be the best in the world. And to go twelve good, competitive rounds with him, I think he’ll grow from that. And hopefully, as soon as he heals up he’ll get back in action soon as possible. … I think he needs to improve on his punching power a little bit too. He needs to focus on this area; not changing but having a little more pop in his punch.”
Emanuel Steward certainly made some valid points, considering the fact Bradley’s punches didn’t bother Pacquiao in any way during their June 9 encounter. Given how physically strong Bradley is; the right training staff should be able to help him significantly increase his punching power.
Bradley’s defense also needs a little bit of work, but I was impressed with the grit he showed against Pacquiao. He took some solid shots from Manny that would have dropped lesser fighters.
Bradley hasn’t earned the right to call himself an elite fighter, but he does have enough potential to get there in the future. I personally think he’ll do a lot better in a rematch against Pacquiao, but I’m not sure he’ll ever get the opportunity.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.