Roach warns Bradley about engaging Pacquiao

Posted at 02/12/2014 6:07 PM

If Timothy Bradley decides to slug it out with Manny Pacquiao, he will get hurt.

This is why boxing coach Freddie Roach plans to have Pacquiao corner and pressure the WBO welterweight titlist to make mistakes.

"He's a good boxer but sometimes he tends to get into a fight, and that's when he mistakes, because he likes to exchange sometimes,” Roach told The Sweet Science.

The trainer said that’s what happened when his fighter Ruslan Provodnikov engaged Bradley in a slugfest. Although the Russian lost by points, he got Bradley hurt in the final round.

Roach said they plan to do the same when Pacquiao meets the American boxer on the April 12 rematch.

“When he exchanges with Manny, Manny is the better, faster puncher, and the better puncher of the two, and like Ruslan was, and he'll be able to hurt him,” he said.

But Roach is also aware that Bradley might choose to play safe and try to win by points again.

Although he is confident that Pacquiao can win a tactical match, he said he is afraid that the fight would turn out boring.

“If he runs the whole night long, then he'll make it a little bit of a boring fight. But it's hard to a win backing up so there will be points where he'll have to exchange with us, and we're going to have the advantage, I think," said Roach.