Bradley's in for a surprise, says Roach
MANILA – If Timothy Bradley thinks he's got Manny Pacquiao all figured out, he better think again, says the Filipino boxer's coach Freddie Roach.
Roach has made it clear that Pacquiao won’t be merciful as he was during the Filipino’s first encounter with Bradley nearly 2 years ago.
“If Bradley thinks he's going to see the same compassionate Manny he saw the first time they fought, he is in for a very big surprise," Roach said in ESPN.
He added that Pacquiao is very determined to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt that he lost to Bradley.
Roach said proof of the Filipino superstar’s motivation is the training he underwent in General Santos City.
"We had a great camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning and very motivated," said the trainer, who arrived with Pacquiao in the US over the weekend.
Roach said that Pacquiao’s real training will begin in Los Angeles this week.
Earlier, Bradley claimed that he can still outsmart and outwork Pacquiao just like he did when he upset the Filipino superstar in June 2012 via a split decision.
“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,” the undefeated American said.
Meanwhile, Roach has lined up three sparring partners for the fighting pride of General Santos City.
According to Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Roach tapped the services of former world junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt, former lightweight champion Steve Forbes and Roger “Speedy” Gonzales.
Holt fought Bradley in 2009, dropping the Palm Springs native in the first and 12th round. Bradley, however, went on to win by majority decision.
The fast-paced Gonzales will help Pacquiao improve his hand speed, and Forbes will teach the Filipino to be a more intelligent fighter.