Trainer compares Bradley to young De La Hoya
MANILA, Philippines – A respected boxing trainer believes unbeaten American Timothy Bradley can be compared to a young Oscar De La Hoya, at least in terms of not getting the respect they deserve after beating top opponents.
Speaking to Hustle Boss, Robert Garcia – who trains Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Brandon Rios – said Bradley is “the real thing.”
“He’s still undefeated. Until now, he’s still not getting the respect. I think it’s the fact that he’s beating these great fighters, these great champions,” said Garcia.
Bradley holds a controversial split decision victory over Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and recently outpointed Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez to hike his record to 31-0.
“He beat Pacquiao and everybody hated him for that,” said Garcia. “Now he beats the best Mexican fighter in the world right now. He’s not going to get no respect.”
In a way, Bradley can be compared to the former “Golden Boy,” De La Hoya, who has also received criticism following his victory over another Mexican legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, in 1996.
“De La Hoya never got respect for beating Chavez Sr.,” said Garcia. “Everybody hated him for that.”
“I think Bradley is going through the same thing right now,” he added.
The key for Bradley is to “keep winning,” because he may not be able to change fans’ minds, said Garcia.
“Just train hard, stay motivated, stay positive, because I think his career is going to be like that,” said the trainer. “He just beat those two big names and instead of liking him, people are hating him.”
“But he’s going to continue winning, and he doesn’t need to care,” he said.