MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao can knockout challenger Timothy Bradley of the United States if he dedicates himself to strength and conditioning once again, according to trainer Alex Ariza.
Ariza, who is in charge of Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning, told Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star that if Pacquiao “trains properly,” he can knockout Bradley “in less than five rounds.”
“Bradley’s not a technical guy like (Juan Manuel) Marquez. He fights somewhat like Manny,” Ariza said. “That’s why I think it’ll be an explosive fight.”
Ariza said that it will be up to Pacquiao to decide how he will prepare for the upcoming fight against Bradley, which will be held on June 9 in Las Vegas.
“We used to work out a specific training regimen for each opponent and Manny followed it strictly for the fights against David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey, because he was challenged by the move up in weight,” Ariza said.
“But against ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and Marquez, I don’t think Manny was challenged so he did things his own way,” he added.
Although Pacquiao was victorious in both fights, his performance was less than stellar and even suffered leg cramps in both matches. Ariza hopes that Pacquiao has learned his lesson from his two most recent bouts and goes back to his dedicated training.
“He wasn’t explosive against Mosley and Marquez. Manny now realizes he’s got to do the kind of scientific training I lay out for him every fight, if he wants to do better than his last fight,” Ariza said.
He added that Pacquiao has something to prove against the younger, undefeated Bradley.
“His competitive spirit will take over. How he trains will impact on how he does against Bradley. If he trains properly, Manny could blow that guy away in less that five rounds,” Ariza said.
Ariza is already in the Philippines, where he is also working with British boxer Amir Khan and preparing him for his rematch against Lamont Peterson in May.
Ariza and trainer Freddie Roach are set to go to Baguio City next week, where Pacquiao will hold the first part of his training camp.