Unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. is spending hours studying and analyzing the game film of Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and is hopeful that it will pay off in their welterweight rematch on April 12.
Bradley will defend his WBO belt against Pacquiao in Las Vegas in a rematch of their controversial June 2012 encounter, which saw the American take a split decision victory even though most analysts agreed that Pacquiao won clearly.
This time around, Bradley wants to make sure that he will win in convincing fashion, and so he spends even his free time studying Pacquiao to look for any weakness that he can take advantage of.
“I’m a student,” Bradley told Fight Hype. “I’m here studying (Pacquiao) all day. All day, man. Every time I get a free minute, I’m studying.”
“Whether I’m on the toilet, whether I’m in the car or wherever, I’m always looking at different things. I study everything. I look at training, I look at different things these guys are doing just so I know them,” he added.
Bradley said this is what makes him different from other boxers, most of whom leave the study of game tape to their trainers.
“Yeah, most guys don’t watch film. They’re too cocky with themselves. They say, ‘Aw, I don’t watch film, I leave it to my trainers.’ Aw, you stupid, you dumb, man,” Bradley said.
“How do you think most of these athletes and teams get better? They watch film. They look at guys’ mistakes. They look at certain things, and breaking down film is what I was taught to do,” he added.