MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach admitted that undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. will be a tough and dangerous challenge for his prized pupil, Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
“Bradley is rough, I can tell you that,” Roach said in an interview with PhilBoxing’s Eddie Alinea.
“Bradley is tough because besides throwing hard punches, he’s also capable of using his head, elbows, everything in his desire to win. He is, therefore, a dangerous opponent contrary to what others are saying,” he explained.
Roach, however, clarified that Bradley is not necessarily a dirty fighter despite his tendency to lead with his head.
“He just fights to win, and to attain his goal, he’ll be taking advantage of every opportunity that would come his way,” he said.
But Roach added that Bradley is not the first tough and dangerous opponent that Pacquiao will face in his career.
“Ricky (Hatton) is tough, but look what happened to him,” Roach said, referring to British boxer Ricky Hatton, whom Pacquiao knocked out cold in two rounds.
“Oscar (de la Hoya) is tough, too, and Miguel (Cotto) and Erik (Morales), and many more who all failed to see the bouts ended in 12 (rounds),” he added.
Pacquiao has already started his training camp in Baguio City with Roach, and the five-time Trainer of the Year said he wants Pacquiao to put on an impressive performance in his upcoming fight.
“That’s what we intend to do in this fight: knock the hell out of Bradley. That’s what this camp is all about,” Roach said.
“We’ll be out there on the road, inside the ring for one purpose, to win and win impressively, possibly by knockout.”
Bradley is undefeated through 28 professional fights. He is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout victory over Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor in what was the main undercard bout of Pacquiao’s trilogy match against Juan Manuel Marquez last November.