MANILA, Philippines – Respected boxing trainer Miguel Diaz, who worked with Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor, believes that unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. lacks the "killer instinct" present in elite fighters.
Diaz trained Casamayor for his bout against Bradley last year, which took place in the undercard of Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao’s trilogy match against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Diaz said he was able to observe quite a lot about Bradley during the Casamayor bout.
"Our strategy was to make Casamayor bring the fight to him immediately... but unfortunately, Casamayor, with little training and little time, he didn’t even have the desire to do it," Diaz said.
Bradley beat up Casamayor badly until Diaz threw in the towel in the eighth round. But the trainer admitted that he was surprised it took that long for Bradley to get his game going.
"It took eight rounds for me to stop the fight. Actually, it took seven rounds for him (Bradley) to really open up on a guy who would have been knocked out in the first or second round," Diaz said.
"And this told me the mentality of Bradley. He doesn't have that kind of killer instinct with the guy on a top level," he added.
Bradley’s win made him one of the possible challengers for Pacquiao, and he eventually got a shot at the Filipino icon. Their welterweight clash is now set for June 9 in Las Vegas.
Diaz, does not see anything spectacular about Bradley, however, even with his undefeated record.
"Bradley is a kid that doesn't really have anything too special to talk about. It's not like he's a great puncher, he's not a great fighter, he doesn't have a great defense, he's open to get hit," Diaz said.
Despite this, Diaz maintained that Bradley is "a solid fighter all around" who will give Pacquiao a strong challenge when they fight.
"It's going to take the best Pacquiao to beat Bradley, no doubt. Pacquiao cannot leave anything in his workout before the fight," Diaz said.
Diaz believes that the key to beating Bradley is to "go after him."
"I don't know what Freddie's going to do, but considering how good Pacquiao is offensively, that would be my suggestion," he said.