Undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. will be the first to admit that he is not the hardest-hitting fighter in the world, but that does not stop him from believing that he can knock out Manny Pacquiao in their rematch on April 12.
Bradley won a controversial split decision in Pacquiao in June 2012, but a stoppage victory on Saturday in Las Vegas will allow him to claim a legitimate victory over the “Pacman.”
Admitting that going for a knockout is “not my style,” Bradley nevertheless told RingTV that he will go for the knockout if the opportunity presents itself.
“I’m dreaming, hoping – possibly for a miracle,” said Bradley. “God, please, I wanna knock this guy out. I wanna get rid of him.”
“I don’t want any controversy or anything like that,” he added.
Bradley only has 12 knockout wins in 31 fights, although he insists that he does have “some power.”
“And I always feel that anything is possible in boxing,” he added.
His trainer, Joel Diaz, said he welcomes the misconception that Bradley was not a strong puncher. “I like that people think Timothy doesn’t have power,” he said.
Diaz explained that since the first Pacquiao fight, they have made some tweaks to Bradley’s style such that the American may now be throwing fewer but more effective power punches.
“We cut down the volume of punches, and put it more effective punches, and then he does damage,” said Diaz. “That’s something to think about right there. Now, his punches will be more effective.”
He related how Bradley was able to send one of his sparring partners to his knees during training camp.
“I saw a kid, Timothy caught him with a good punch, and this kid goes on his knees and goes, ‘Man, I’m seeing double.’ And that’s what I want – more effective power punches,” said Diaz.
Diaz also guarantees that Bradley will go toe-to-toe against Pacquiao, even if that means opening himself up to the possibility of getting knocked out by the “Pacman.”
“He’s not gonna run. He’s not gonna run,” Diaz emphasized. “He has it in his heart. He’s gonna give the people what they want to see, because the boxing world hurt Tim Bradley’s feelings so bad after the (first) fight.”
“Like he says, ‘I’m gonna go all out, coach. If I go down, I’m gonna go down swinging. But I’m not gonna go down so easy. The only way Manny Pacquiao beats me is if he knocks me out,’” the trainer said.