Timothy Bradley. File Photo.
PALM SPRINGS, California – For six days a week, unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. spends most of his time at the gym with his conditioning coach, fight coach and father, Tim Bradley Sr.
Bradley’s training starts with intensive stretching, followed by shadow boxing and footwork. He also struts off his head moves, which will be his defense to counteract the offense of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in their April 12 rematch.
“A lot of people know who I am. Am I a household name? I believe I’m getting there. If I can fill up a stadium of ten thousand people, I think I’m a household name. I don’t know if I’m capable of doing that just yet,” said Bradley.
“I still gotta work, I still gotta prove myself. I think by beating Pacquiao on April 12, I’ll be able to fill those stands up,” he added.
Bradley admits that up to now, he is still affected by how Pacquiao’s fans criticized him when he controversially defeated the Filipino superstar back in June 2012.
“The first time around was horrible, especially when I walk around. People were constantly reminding me that, ‘You didn’t win, you didn’t win, they gave it to you,’” said Bradley.
“That hurts me, especially as a fighter, especially as a champion. Even though I won, I feel like I lost. This is why it’s so important for me to get back in the ring with Pacquiao,” he said.
Bradley also revealed a strange ritual that he keeps during training camp.
“My superstitions, honestly, what I do is, the whole week of the fight, I don’t take a shower,” he revealed. “I don’t know why that’s one thing that I don’t do. I don’t care.”
“I’m not ashamed of me. That week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, I don’t take a shower,” he explained.
“Saturday – that’s when I take a shower for the first time. The majority of the time, I meditate. I pray a lot,” he added.
Pacquiao and Bradley both have a month of training before they face off again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.