When Timothy Bradley fought Manny Pacquiao in 2012, the undefeated American got away with a controversial split decision over the Filipino superstar.
The two fighters will go at it again on April 12 and this time, boxing trainer Joel Diaz believes they won’t be as lucky just like their first encounter with Pacquiao.
“If it’s close, we’re not going to win,” Diaz said in Tha Boxing Voice. “We have to win rounds and the fight very decisively.”
Diaz admitted that from a business standpoint, Pacquiao is the more profitable fighter compared to Bradley. And this, he said, could jeopardize his boxer’s chances if the bout ends in another decision.
“Manny Pacquiao is still the cash cow and there are fights aside from Bradley that the promoters can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Unfortunately, Tim Bradley doesn’t have that draw,” said Diaz.
Diaz recalled that during the first bout, Pacquiao had a hard time connecting his punches despite Bradley being hampered by a foot injury.
“Tim tells me ‘This guy cannot outsmart me or out punch me. After the second round I told myself this is the best in the world? I guarantee you if I would have had my feet 100%, I’d have beat him more decisively. The only way he’s going to beat me is if he puts me to sleep and he’s not going to do it,'” Diaz quoted Bradley as saying.