One of Floyd Mayweather’s uncle predicts a good fight when American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. defends his WBO welterweight belt against Manny Pacquiao on April 12, thanks in part to Bradley’s improvement as a prizefighter.
“I think that it’s going to be a good fight. I think that Bradley has shown himself to become a much better fighter,” said Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of the pound-for-pound king and a boxing trainer as well.
Mayweather, in an interview with HustleBoss, said he believes Bradley lost when he first fought Pacquiao in June 2012, but has grown by leaps and bounds since then. [http://hustleboss.com/jeff-mayweather-touts-tim-bradleys-improvement-as-a-fighter-while-claiming-pacquiao-to-be-far-past-his-best/]
“He’s shown that he’s gotten better and better in each fight. Pacquiao has just been knocked out as well. I expect it to be a good fight, probably a lot closer than it was last time,” he said.
Mayweather said Bradley’s two fights in 2013 – against Ruslan Provodnikov in March and Juan Manuel Marquez in October – went a long way in giving the American much-needed experienced.
“The fight with Provodnikov, in that fight he showed tremendous heart, tremendous will,” said Mayweather. “That was another fight that was very, very close. Could have gone either way, I thought.”
“But the Marquez fight, he actually showed that he has grown into a fighter that isn’t not ready for big fights,” he added. “He’s ready for the big stage, and he realizes that it’s no longer about Manny Pacquiao. It’s no longer about Marquez.”
Mayweather believes that Bradley’s victory against Marquez helped convince the unbeaten boxer that he was ready to join the elite.
“Those guys (Pacquiao and Marquez) are past their primes, and he (Bradley) believes in his heart that he’s the guy now,” said the trainer. “Mentally, I think he’s a much better fighter.”
While Mayweather still favors Pacquiao in the rematch, he also noted that the Filipino icon is no longer the same fighter who once demolished Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Ricky Hatton.
“To be honest, he’s not even close to that fighter anymore,” said Mayweather. “It shows. When was the last time he knocked out anyone? It also seems like his killer instinct is gone. He’s not the same fighter.”
Thus, he will not be surprised if Bradley manages to repeat his victory over the “Pacman.”
“I still think Bradley is going to give a great performance, but I won’t be surprised if he pulls off the upset,” said Mayweather.