|Timothy Bradley might play it safe against Manny Pacquiao this April. Photo by Reuters
When Timothy Bradley steps into the ring with Manny Pacquiao this April, expect him to hit and run.
Bradley himself admitted that he no longer wants to go through another slugfest after doing it against “Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov last year.
The WBO welterweight titlist wanted to make up for the controversial decision in the first Pacquiao fight by making a head-on collision with Provodnikov.
Unfortunately, he got clipped by heavy shots several times and was even knocked down in the 12th round.
Despite his ordeal, he managed to secure a tight unanimous decision and retained the belt.
"Joel [Diaz, his trainer] was yelling, telling me to box and move. But I’d been hurt by that big right hand. I buckled and staggered and I was trying to get out of that dark place, feeling drunk, trying to regain my senses. But my balance was gone. I remember falling in an awkward position,” Bradley recounted in an interview with Boxing News Online last December.
He said that after the Provodnikov fight, he vowed never to get into a brawl again. This was evident when he outfoxed Mexican counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez last October.
Bradley said he figured he will attain longevity if he fights smart.
“I deserve at least five more fights where I can box in a strategic way, like against Marquez. Me and Provodnikov fought a classic. But I never want to go back there again,” he said.
Moreover, he said his wife worries about him whenever he risks himself in the ring, adding that he is also afraid of the long-term effects of getting hit too much in the head.
“It definitely has consequences later in life. So Monica wants me to take the least amount of punishment, invest my money right and get out of this game before I really get hurt,” he said.
Bradley will be meeting Pacquiao again on April 12.
The fighting congressman said he wants to get back the WBO welterweight crown that he felt was robbed from him.