Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. can beat Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao again if he can goad the “Pacman” into fighting a “stupid fight,” said Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
Bradley holds a controversial win over Pacquiao from June 2012, and has stressed that he wants a clear, convincing win when they fight again on April 12 in Las Vegas.
But Arum believes his only chance of doing that is to force Pacquiao to abandon his game plan.
“Look, Bradley’s best chance to win the fight is to have Manny fight a stupid fight, like Manny ended up fighting with Juan Manuel Marquez,” the promoter told The Telegraph.
Pacquiao was shockingly knocked out by the Mexican Marquez when they last fought in December 2012, with a massive right hand from “Dinamita” sending the Filipino face down on the canvas, where he was motionless for several frightening moments.
“He (Pacquiao) walks into punches and he gives no credence to his opponent. You can’t do that in boxing at this level. You get hit on the chin, and no matter what kind of chin you have, if you’re not looking at the punch, it can hurt you,” said Arum.
But Arum doubts Bradley can force Pacquiao into a “stupid fight,” considering how the Filipino boxer’s training camp has gone.
“This camp, everybody’s one the same page, everybody is working hard together, no one’s trying to upstage anybody, so it’s been really pleasant working conditions,” said Arum, noting that in previous camps, trainer Freddie Roach had clashed with former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Moreover, Pacquiao has been singularly focused on the fight and has cut down on distractions, the promoter observed.
“I don’t see him being overwhelmed with the religion or overwhelmed with the politics,” said Arum of Pacquiao. “He still is concerned about the politics and religion, but it’s not all-consuming like it was for a period a year or so ago.”
“He wants to set the record straight. He’s dead set on it,” he added.