'Sloppy' Pacquiao still draws praise from Roach

Posted at 04/13/14 4:02 PM

Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach celebrate victory over Timothy Bradley of the US following their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Joe Klamar, Agence France-Presse

Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is happy with Manny Pacquiao's performance even as he acknowledged that the "Pacman" was somewhat "sloppy" in his unanimous decision win against American Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao avenged his controversial June 2012 loss to Bradley with a clear-cut decision win in the rematch, outpointing the American over 12 rounds to regain the WBO welterweight championship.

“Manny was a little sloppy tonight,” Roach said, as quoted by ESPN.com. “But I was happy with his performance.”

Bradley clearly buzzed Pacquiao in the fourth round, landing a right that the “Pacman” later admitted hurt him. But Bradley, who wanted to go for a knockout, became a victim of his own aggression, as he opened himself up for Pacquiao’s power punches.

“It looked like Bradley was going for a one-punch home run,” Roach observed.

Bradley later explained that he wanted to “throw something over the top,” such as the wild overhand rights that he kept launching in the second half of the fight. Pacquiao was easily able to spin away from his attacks, however, often while landing multiple-punch combinations of his own.

Yet the “Pacman” was effusive in his praise of Bradley after the fight and refused to talk trash about the American fighter.

“He gave me a good fight. He’s not that easy,” said Pacquiao. “I listened to my corner about keeping my hands up and timing.”

“He threw a lot of punches,” he added. “He threw wide, wide, wide hooks. I got hit one time, and I said it’s not good to be careless.”

Pacquiao slowly but surely took control of the bout from the sixth round onward, and wound up winning a wide points decision, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

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