Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao was impressive in his November 2013 fight against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, but he will show even more improvement when he faces off against Timothy Bradley Jr. this April.
This, according to the boxer’s chief adviser, Michael Koncz.
After taking a year off to recover from his knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, the Filipino fought Rios late last year and won in impressive fashion, taking a unanimous decision victory.
“What I liked about the Brandon Rios fight was the activity of Manny, with the combinations and volume of punches, and his lateral movement,” Koncz told Hustle Boss.
“Can we improve on a couple of things? I think so, and we’ll do it in the Bradley fight,” he added.
The rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao was formally announced earlier this week, with the unbeaten Bradley defending the WBO welterweight championship against the “Pacman” on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting fight,” said Koncz. “When it was first announced, I don’t think the public was behind it, and the media wasn’t behind it.”
Koncz believes that Bradley’s courageous performance against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov in March and his victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in October helped sway the opinion of fight fans.
“Bradley has matured as a fighter,” he said. “They both have something to prove. Bradley wants to show that he belongs at the top of the elite fighters.”
“Manny wants to get his belt back, and show that last fight around we made some mistakes and maybe we weren’t as aggressive as we should have been. This time, it will be different,” Koncz added.