Trainer Joel Diaz believes he has figured out the key to beating Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao as he prepares his fighter, American Timothy Bradley Jr., for their April 12 rematch.
Diaz is Bradley’s longtime trainer and was in the boxer’s corner when he controversially defeated Pacquiao in June 2012 for the WBO welterweight title.
In the latest issue of The RING Magazine, Diaz revealed that the key to beating Pacquiao was to “make him think” inside the ring.
“Manny, if you make him think, he doesn’t know how to fight,” said Diaz, as quoted by Bad Left Hook. “But if you just come straight to him, he’s going to demolish you.”
Diaz pointed to Pacquiao’s dominant wins over Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and Ricky Hatton as proof.
“When he fought Margarito, Margarito was just coming forward. When he fought Cotto, Cotto was just coming forward. When he fought Joshua Clottey, Clottey was just coming forward. When he fought Ricky Hatton, Hatton was just coming forward,” said the trainer.
“But when you make him think, and you’ve got footwork – he gets lost every time,” Diaz claimed.
Bradley has been supremely confident leading up to the rematch, and believes his two fights in 2013 – against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez – have adequately prepared him for Pacquiao again.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has said he is motivated by Bradley’s constant barbs, as the American has accused him of losing his fire and killer instinct, and of being too compassionate inside the ring.