Respected boxing trainer Naazim Richardson counts himself as a fan of both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr., but he was not particularly impressed with the two boxers’ showdown last week in Las Vegas.
“I’m a Pacquiao fan and supporter. I’m a Bradley fan, sure enough. I’ve known him since he was a baby,” Richardson, the trainer of Bernard Hopkins, told Boxing Scene.
“(But) I wasn’t impressed with the fight,” he said.
The fight, a rematch of the June 2012 meeting between Pacquiao and Bradley, saw the “Pacman” exact sweet revenge by outpointing the American over 12 rounds and regaining his WBO welterweight title, handing Bradley his first loss in the process.
“I know Bradley’s a better fighter than even that. So Bradley, for some reason, might not have been able to get to his best that day,” said Richardson. “It can happen to anybody.”
“Pacquiao seemed a little gun shy,” the trainer also observed. “That can happen to anybody when you’ve been through what he has been through.”
Richardson refused to blame Pacquiao or Bradley, only saying that “something must have went awry” for the bout to play out the way it did.
“I support these guys, and knowing these guys, I know that they wanted to bring the very best possible fight to the table,” he said. “So me not being behind the scenes to see what went on, why we didn’t get that fight – something must’ve went awry.”
Richardson said Pacquiao and Bradley have given fight fans enough great moments over the years that they can be forgiven for one less-than-spectacular match.
“Those two guys don’t owe us anything, because they’ve given us moment after moment after moment,” said Richardson.