Roach: Bradley's days as champion are numbered


Posted at Mar 19 2014 02:53 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 10:53 PM

American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.

MANILA – This time, it is Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach who directed barbs toward American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. ahead of the latter’s April 12 rematch against Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

One day after Pacquiao warned Bradley to be careful of what he wished for, the Filipino’s trainer said that Bradley’s days as a welterweight champion were numbered.

“You don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered,” Roach said in a PhilBoxing report. “It’s last call for Bradley on April 12.”

Bradley controversially defeated Pacquiao when they fought for the first time in June 2012, but Roach assures that the “Pacman” will get his revenge in the rematch.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time,” Roach said.

“The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds, he just took it easy on him,” the trainer added. “Not this time.”

“Our mantra is ‘close the show. No mercy.’”

Just yesterday, Pacquiao had fired back at Bradley after the American’s repeated statements that the “Pacman” has lost his killer instinct.

“He said I have lost my hunger and that my time is over. Everything I am doing in training camp is aimed at proving to him just how wrong he is,” Pacquiao had said.

“He has inspired me to exceed my previous performances inside the ring. If Bradley wants to meet the fighter who stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, he’s going to get his wish on April 12,” he added.