Roach: Early aggression cost Bradley

By Camille B. Naredo,

Posted at Apr 15 2014 04:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2014 12:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach was admittedly surprised by Timothy Bradley’s aggression at the start of his welterweight rematch against Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao last weekend.

Bradley did not shy away from toe-to-toe exchanges with Pacquiao, and even caught the Filipino flush with a right hand in the fourth round.

“We didn’t expect Bradley to come out with that type of style,” Roach said in the post-fight press conference. “That threw us a little bit because we thought he was going to box us. We didn’t think he was going to come looking for the homerun all night long.”

“He had some success with that. An overhand right in the fourth round – he hurt Manny,” added the trainer.

But Bradley’s decision to be aggressive and exchange with Pacquiao proved costly, Roach said, as the American boxer faded down the stretch, his punch output and activity decreasing in the later rounds.

“He was swinging so hard with all the big shots that by the sixth round, he was starting to get tired,” Roach said. “And I thought from the sixth round, Manny did his job and we just dominated the fight.”

“Bradley was going for the fences all night long, and he did tire pretty quickly, I thought. That’s what made Manny start dominating the fight.”

All three judges scored the bout in Pacquiao’s favor, allowing the Filipino idol to avenge his controversial June 2012 defeat against Bradley and regain his WBO welterweight belt.

Still, Roach was not completely happy with Pacquiao’s performance, admitting that his prized pupil was “a little bit slower than I’ve seen him in the past.”

“The game plan didn’t go quite as well as I thought,” he added, “Because Bradley didn’t fight the type of fight I thought he was gonna fight. We didn’t think he was gonna be that aggressive.”

“We didn’t think he was gonna try to knockout Manny with one punch all night long. For six rounds, he was pretty dangerous, but after six, Manny dominated the fight. Bradley had worn himself out and looked a bit tired.”