Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is convinced that his prized ward, Manny Pacquiao, won his June 2012 showdown against American Timothy Bradley Jr. but is open to a rematch so that the “Pacman” can avenge his controversial loss.
It has been widely reported that Pacquiao and Bradley will face off again in April, although Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has since clarified that they are still working on finalizing the terms of the deal.
Roach, speaking to Max Boxing, believes Pacquiao can continue the career revival that he began last December should a fight against Bradley push through.
“It looks like Bradley might be in the picture,” said Roach. “Sometimes, you have to avenge your losses. Even though I felt we won that fight, it’s still a loss in the records.”
Bradley infamously defeated Pacquiao via split decision when they fought in June 2012, even with the Filipino boxer seemingly winning decisively.
“I still think Manny needs to prove he is the better fighter,” said Roach. “They are talking about that next. It’s a tough fight. (Bradley) is still one of the toughest fights out there.”
But Pacquiao, who snapped a two-fight losing streak by demolishing Brandon Rios last November, can gain his revenge on Bradley if he dedicates himself the way he did against Rios.
“If Manny fights how he did in his last fight, I think he will do very well,” Roach said.
Roach was very impressed with Pacquiao’s performance against Rios, wherein the Filipino fighter showed no ill-effects from the knockout he suffered at the hands of rival Juan Manuel Marquez the year before.
Against the slow-footed Rios, Pacquiao showcased his impressive footwork and speed, barely taking punishment on his way to a wide decision victory.
“He fought a smart fight,” Roach said of Pacquiao. “I was really happy about that. He fought a very intelligent fight and I thought he won every round.”