MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is confident that fighting eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines will be “easy work” for him.
|Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
Bradley will challenge Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what will be the most high-profile fight of his career.
Despite being the underdog, Bradley is confident that he will come out as new WBO welterweight champion and even believes that he will have an easy time against one of the pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
“I truly believe it’s going to be an easy fight,” Bradley said in an interview with Examiner. “I’m not saying that Pacquiao is going to lay down or whatever, but I just think that what I bring to the ring, I think it’s going to make it extremely hard for him.”
“I know what Pacquiao likes to do. I think everybody all knows what he likes to do. But I think with my style alone and my ability and my way to be able to adjust in the ring, I think that’s going to be a handful in itself,” he added.
“And then, on top of that, you’ve got my speed, you got my power, you got my determination on top of that. It’s going to be easy work for me.”
Bradley claimed that Pacquiao will have a difficult time dealing with his “whole style,” and that the Filipino boxer has never fought anyone like him.
“He’s never faced anyone with my skill, with my determination, with my strengths in his whole career. He never fought anybody like me,” he said.
Bradley maintained that he respects Pacquiao, who is the first boxer in history to win major world titles in eight different weight divisions. But the undefeated American said the Pacman also fought fighters who were “on their way out.”
“He just fought against (Antonio) Margarito, who was very strong but he’s slow. He fought Shane Mosley, but if he would have fought him at 135-pounds when Shane was in his prime, it would have been a different story,” Bradley said.
Bradley also thinks that Pacquiao may have a problem because of all his responsibilities outside of boxing.
“I think there’s a lot on his plate, what he does for his country, and balancing boxing, the whole celebrity status. It’s a lot of people pulling at his coattails, so it can be draining at times,” he said.
“I think it’s probably lack of motivation. I’m not sure, it could be wear and tear. But I’m expecting the best Manny Pacquiao ever on June 9th,” Bradley added.
Despite his confident words, Bradley insists that he has always been a “big fan” of Pacquiao.
“I am a fan of certain fighters and I like what they’re doing and Pacquiao’s one of those dudes. When he started steamrolling through the lower weight classes, that’s when I started really paying attention to him,” Bradley said.
The undefeated American is also impressed with how Pacquiao has dominated many of his recent opponents, including Miguel Cotto, Margarito, Mosley and Joshua Clottey.
“I think he fought a lot of guys who were on their way out, but I think he’s still dominated them in good fashion. I think that’s what definitely impressed me about Pacquiao, is that he dominated those guys,” Bradley said.
“It wasn’t just a win – it was domination.”
But his respect for Pacquiao will not matter once he steps into the ring with him, Bradley said.
“Manny Pacquiao is human just like I am, he bleeds just like I do. I’m not going into the ring, and I’m not going to brother-in-law this guy just because he’s Manny Pacquiao and he’s one of the hottest names in boxing,” Bradley said.
“That doesn’t scare me at all,” he added.