Pacquiao: Bradley is not a Floyd 'litmus test'

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Mar 31 2012 07:38 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2012 05:10 AM

Pacquiao denies picking Bradley to prepare vs Floyd

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao denied speculations that he picked the Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley fight to prepare for a possible bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The WBO welterweight title holder said Bradley won’t serve as a “litmus test” for a future fight against the undefeated Mayweather.

“Hindi ito preparation para dun. ‘Di naman,” Pacquiao told

Pacquiao said Bradley is his next best option after Mayweather refused the super-fight.

Bradley, the reigning WBO junior welterweight champion, remains unbeaten just like Mayweather.

Just like “Pretty Boy Floyd,” he is fast and agile and has considerable boxing skills.

However, Bradley’s similarities to Mayweather end there.

Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, described the Desert Storm as an “aggressive fighter who likes to go toe-to-toe.”

Mayweather, on the other hand, is more of a defensive fighter.

Boxing pundits even labeled Bradley as a “high risk, low reward fight” for Pacquiao.

“Hindi madaling laban ito, mahirap na laban ito dahil malakas din si Bradley. Wala pang talo ‘yun eh,” said Pacquiao.