MANILA – Timothy Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, says Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao “should go play tennis” if he continues to feel compassion for his opponents.
Pacquiao has admitted in previous interviews that he is sometimes “too nice” to opponents, which is partly the reason he has not won by knockout since 2009, when he stopped Miguel Cotto.
Diaz, in an interview with RingTV, points to the first fight between Bradley and Pacquiao in 2012 as an exhibit of the Filipino boxer’s “compassion.”
“Tim Bradley’s foot was hurt in that fight, and Manny couldn’t finish him, couldn’t hurt him,” said Diaz. “Timothy Bradley walked out of that fight with his face clean. He didn’t get hurt, he didn’t get knocked out.”
“Manny Pacquiao used to execute every fighter in the past. Well, when was the last time Manny Pacquiao knocked somebody out?” he added.
Bradley also observed that Pacquiao took his foot off the pedal in his November 2013 bout against Brandon Rios in Macau, even when he had “Bam Bam” against the ropes in the last round.
“Now, Manny Pacquiao (is saying) he feels sorry for his opponent. Wow,” Diaz said in disbelief.
“If you feel sorry for your opponents, then you don’t belong in boxing,” he said firmly. “If you feel sorry for a fighter in the ring, then he’s in the wrong sport.”
“He should go play tennis or something. He don’t belong in boxing.”
Diaz, a former fighter himself, says none of the boxers in his stable ever show compassion for their foes.
“I’m a fighter myself, and I feel sorry for nobody. In that ring, I don’t care. They chose this sport. It’s their choice to be in this sport. I feel sorry for nobody, so none of my fighters feel sorry for anybody,” he said.
“If you can execute them in one round, two rounds, let’s get rid of them, and let’s go home,” he added.
Diaz will be in Bradley's corner when the American defends his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao on April 12, a rematch of their June 2012 showdown that Bradley won via a controversial split decision.