Pacquiao is focused, has no nightlife, no distractions and this will be the best Manny yet – Freddie Roach

30 May

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Five-time Futch-Condon award winner Freddie Roach is confident his premier charge Manny Pacquiao will quell the talk he is on the decline by defeating resilient Timothy Bradley when the two tussle for the WBO welterweight world championship on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Roach expects the best Pacquiao yet, as the multi-divisional boxing king from the Philippines has minimal distractions…

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Pacquiao has no distractions ahead of June 9 test. Credit: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“Manny’s focus is very good,” said Roach, 52, who has overseen Pacquiao’s training camp in Baguio and in Hollywood. “We don’t have days where he comes in tired and so forth because he has no nightlife whatsoever, besides the bible study. He is very focused on the fight. He and God are very close right now and he is just a better athlete – with no distractions.”

Against Bradley, Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) will be taking on a pugilist enjoying his prime years who has an undefeated record and three world titles at 140lb in his locker. Roach has been constructing the game-plan to negate Bradley’s best assets: his unyielding determination, confidence, durability and in-ring skills.

“If a knockout comes it will be a bonus,” mused Roach. “Bradley is a great fighter and he’ll be resilient, but I think you’ll see the best Manny Pacquiao yet.”

Pacquiao added: “I don’t know what Tim Bradley will bring in the ring on that night but we will be ready for whatever he brings. I know he will be 100 percent conditioned for the fight. We have practiced every kind of fight in the ring with four different sparring partners. We have trained hard for Bradley because he is the type of fighter we cannot underestimate.”

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