Freddie Roach jabs Mayweather when assessing Bradley, Timothy confident he will defeat Manny Pacquiao

22 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The consensus number one super lightweight in the world, Timothy Bradley, makes a return trip to welterweight to challenge pound-for-pound favourite Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino’s WBO welterweight world championship belt but is not encumbered by the underdog status he has attracted. Rather, he has no qualms about risking his undefeated status as he is confident of securing victory and that is something Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach admires…

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Pac and Brad at the head-to-head photoshoot. Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) and Bradley match-up – set for Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – was not the first choice fight for fans as well as for Roach, who has long hoped to pit his premier fighter in with the self-titled may-per-view king; Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Despite much press from both sides, a fight on Cinco de Mayo proved too problematic to book and so both fighters turned to a back-up… for Pacquiao, it was Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) while Mayweather elected to box WBA super welterweight belt holder Miguel Cotto.

Following yet another round of failed negotiations, Roach was left unconvinced that Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) truly desired the P4P showdown with Pacquiao, something he reiterated this week in a veiled barb as he commended Bradley for rising to the challenge. “I’m just glad Manny is fighting an undefeated fighter who is more concerned about winning, than he is about protecting his record,” said Roach.

Regardless of the outcome, Bradley has risked his zero on numerous occasions in the past. The most notable of which was a two-belt unification bout with Devon Alexander last year… a fight that, before it’s commencement, was deemed to be a 50/50 contest yet, on retrospect, appeared unworthy of the hype that it generated due to it’s anti-climactic nature.

Bradley, though, pipped Alexander. This, on top of victories over Miguel Vazquez, Junior Witter, Kendall Holt and an emphatic decision win over Lamont Peterson that looks even finer now that Peterson himself unified two major titles in the 140lbs weight class with his inside pounding of Amir Khan last year.

“I know how to win,” explained Desert Storm Timothy. “I talk winning. I go into the ring and win. Manny Pacquiao is the world’s greatest fighter. I have always been an underdog all of my life but I will win and we will rematch in November.”

Pacquiao, who will begin a ten week training camp at the end of March, commented: “Timothy Bradley is undefeated and hungry. He does not know how to lose.

“This will be a great fight – champion versus champion.”

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One Response to “Freddie Roach jabs Mayweather when assessing Bradley, Timothy confident he will defeat Manny Pacquiao”


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