Manny Pacquiao (front) is knocked out by a punch from Juan Manuel Marquez. Reuters/Steve Marcus
Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez gave unsolicited advice to American Timothy Bradley Jr. ahead of the unbeaten boxer’s April 12 rematch against Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
“Bradley cannot allow himself to trade punches,” Marquez said, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “He has to use his technique and speed, as he’s always done.”
“I have always said that an elusive fighter, who steps side-to-side, can win fights. But you can’t go backwards without throwing punches,” he added.
“Bradley has to connect with punches and box, use the skills that best suits his needs, stepping to the side, speed, but connecting.”
Marquez, perhaps more than any other boxer, is qualified to give tips on how to beat Pacquiao, having been in the ring with the “Pacman” four times already. He was beaten by Pacquiao twice – both in controversial fashion – after fighting to a draw in their first fight in 2004.
But their most recent encounter, in December 2012, ended with Marquez finally getting the decisive victory he so desired as he knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round in a classic battle.
Marquez fought and lost to Bradley last year, and believes the American has the tools to trouble Pacquiao.
“Bradley has to get in there and box without stopping. He has to use that technique, move, and not allow himself to get lured in to exchange punches,” he said.
“He has to use (his) jab, one-two combinations, and move,” he added. “That is what he should do, and that is going to affect Manny Pacquiao a lot.”
Bradley had controversially defeated Pacquiao when they first fought in June 2012, and is now looking for a decisive victory against the Filipino.