While WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao continues to deal with multiple distractions heading into his June 9 title defense, undefeated Timothy Bradley remains solely focused on the task at hand: pulling off one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.
“Everything is going good, man,” Bradley said during an interview with Chris Robinson. “I was talking to Joel [Diaz]; I think we did over 115 rounds of sparring. Yeah man, we’re putting in work. We feel really good. A little fatigued today but it’s just all from hard work. We tapered down a little bit today. … I had some good, tough sparring today and all in all man, I’m physically ready and I’m mentally ready. It’s just a few weeks away and we’ve just got to stay disciplined and stay focused and just go over the game plan in my head.”
Without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao is the more experienced fighter, but it would be unwise to count Bradley out when the two go head-to-head at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Besides putting on an unimpressive performance in his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao’s current training camp hasn’t exactly been moving along smoothly. Legal problems, tensions between training staff members, negative publicity, and Pacquiao’s newfound relationship with God, has caused many boxing fans to question the Filipino congressman’s current mental state.
Even Pacquiao’s Promoter, Bob Arum, expressed his concerns during an interview with HBO’s Jim Lampley.
“My problem is what Pacquiao are we going to see?” Arum said. “You have to understand, since the last fight last November, he has become a totally different person.”
Given how things are going for Manny, I don’t think he’ll be at his very best on June 9, and he might even struggle against Bradley. Unfortunately for Timothy Bradley, the chances of him walking away with a decision against one of the most recognized boxers in the world are pretty low, and he’ll have to stop Pacquiao to secure the win. When you consider the fact that Bradley only has 12 knockouts in his 28 wins – most of which came in his earlier days against subpar competition – it’s hard to see him becoming the new WBO welterweight champion.
Chris Robinson, “Tim Bradley: Over 115 Rounds of Sparring For Pacquiao”
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.