MANILA – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes that Manny Pacquiao will have an easy win over Timothy Bradley when the two boxers meet again on April 12.
But Roach said that this time, winning shouldn’t be enough for Pacquiao.
“The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time,” the fight coach said in LA Times. “Our mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.’”
Pacquiao showed a dominant performance against the undefeated American when they first met in June 2012. The judges, however, saw the fight differently and awarded Bradley a split decision and Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight belt.
Bradley later claimed that he could have carved out a decisive victory if not for the injuries he sustained during the bout.
“Bradley says he fought Manny last time with two bad feet. I don’t remember him coming into the ring in a wheelchair. He hurt his feet when Manny connected his power punches on him,” Roach pointed out.
The boxing coach also said that the Filipino boxer is training with added motivation, thanks to Bradley’s unsavory remarks.
Roach said Pacquio felt offended when the Palm Springs native claimed that the Filipino star has already lost his killer instinct.
“Manny’s not the kind of guy who gets too [ticked] off, but that really made him not like Bradley,” he said. “He disrespected Manny. Instead of saying the first fight was close ... to say, ‘You’ve lost that killer instinct and I’m going to beat you...’”