Timothy Bradley’s trainer downplayed Manny Pacquiao’s performance against Brandon Rios last November, saying it was far from a spectacular performance from the former pound-for-pound king.
Joel Diaz, speaking to Tha Boxing Voice, said the Pacquiao who competed against Rios was far from the Pacquiao who ripped through Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya earlier in his career.
“I didn’t see a spectacular Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios,” said Diaz. “Even Brandon Rios said he didn’t hurt him – it was just his speed.”
Pacquiao, fighting for the first time in nearly a year, thoroughly dominated Rios last November in Macau on his way to a unanimous decision victory.
“I remember when he (Pacquiao) fought Margarito, he crushed his face. When he fought Cotto, he broke his face. With De La Hoya, he demolished him,” said Diaz.
“All of a sudden with Rios, he’s not doing any damage,” noted the trainer.
Diaz is preparing Bradley to beat the odds when he faces off against Pacquiao for the second time on April 12. Bradley infamously defeated Pacquiao in their first meeting in June 2012, but that decision was widely derided in boxing circles.
“Tim has grown after going to war with (Ruslan) Provodnikov and outpointing the guy that knocked out Manny Pacquiao (Juan Manuel Marquez),” Diaz claimed.
“We’re going to fight against all odds, and we’re going to defeat those odds,” he added.