MANILA – Timothy Bradley’s trainer has advised Manny Pacquiao to go for a knockout, or else he’ll get hurt.
Joel Diaz, who is preparing Bradley for the anticipated rematch, said getting a knockout win against his fighter won’t be easy.
“What I am sure of is that if it does not [knock Bradley out], then Bradley is going to hurt him," the boxing coach said in Boxing Scene.
Diaz said the Palm Springs native is determined to prove that his split decision win against the Filipino boxer was no fluke.
He said that this time, they want a dominant victory against Pacquiao.
"We know it will be a tough fight, but this time [we're looking to win things clearly]. Pacquiao's only chance is if he knocks Bradley out, but that won't be easy,” said Diaz.
Meanwhile, he said they have Bradley’s weight under control, making it easier for the American fighter to focus more on his training.
Diaz said that unlike in the past, Bradley has maintained his walking weight down to 155 pounds, which is just 8 pounds away from the welterweight limit.
"The big difference is that now Bradley walks around at 155 pounds and that has allowed us to focus on the fight and the strategy. The last time with Pacquiao, and with Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez - [Bradley] had risen to 185 pounds. This time he is walking around at under 160 pounds, and that's very important," said Diaz.