MANILA, Philippines – The trainer of unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr. knows it will be difficult for his fighter to win another decision against Filipino legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, especially considering the controversial nature of their first fight.
Trainer Joel Diaz was in Bradley’s corner when he infamously defeated Pacquiao via split decision in June 2012, but for their rematch in April, Diaz said Bradley would be wise not to leave the bout in the hands of the judges.
“We don’t want to leave it up to the judges,” he said in an interview. “We want the fans to see a real winner. That is all.”
“At this point, with a big controversy in the past, if we got to the scorecards toward the end of the fight and it’s close, we’re not gonna win and we know that,” Diaz admitted.
“I mean, come on. Boxing is a business, and there’s a lot more money to be made with Manny Pacquiao, unfortunately. That’s just the way the business is.”
At the same time, Diaz expressed his confidence that Pacquiao will not find it easy to beat Bradley in the rematch, especially considering the circumstances of the first fight.
In that fight, Bradley suffered injuries in both feet early, yet Pacquiao was unable to put him away.
“I’m telling you this – in order for Manny to beat Bradley, he really needs to knock him out. Because if he couldn’t hurt him when he (Bradley) had his feet hurt in the first one, I don’t think he’ll hurt him now,” he said.
Pacquiao and Bradley will face off for the second time on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.