MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. claims that he is the kind of boxer who only gets stronger and more dangerous in the later rounds of a boxing match.
Bradley, who will challenge Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship on June 9, told Boxing Scene that the Filipino boxer will do everything he can to end their fight in the early rounds.
"They don't want this fight to go past five or six (rounds)," Bradley said. "The other side wants me to get out of there early, because I get more dangerous as the fight goes on."
Bradley believes Pacquiao will "come out blazing" and engage him in a slug fest.
"They want me to go out wide and for Pacquiao to catch me in between and finish me off," he said.
But Bradley is confident that he will be able to withstand Pacquiao's power in the early rounds.
"If he can't rattle me, it's going to be one hell of a fight. If it's nothing too crazy then it's going to be one hell of a fight. I think I will make an adjustment," he said.
"I turn it up after six rounds, when most fighters start to fade," Bradley added.
Pacquiao has not won by knockout since 2009, when he won via technical knockout against Miguel Cotto.