MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Timothy Bradley is familiar with fighting left-handed boxers and thus will not be concerned when he faces off against Filipino southpaw Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on June 9 in Las Vegas.
In an interview with RingTV, Bradley confirmed that Pacquiao will be the third straight left-handed fighter he has faced, adding that he has grown familiar with the stance.
“It’s become second nature. Southpaws are easy to dominate now, and I definitely know what my key shots are for the fight, and we’re just working on it. I can deal with any southpaw,” Bradley said.
Last November, Bradley easily defeated Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor when they fought in the undercard of Pacquiao’s trilogy bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley defeated Casamayor via technical knockout in the eighth round.
“This is my third camp doing this. I’m a lot better than I was in my last two fights when I faced southpaws, with Devon Alexander and Joel Casamayor,” Bradley said.
“I’m just a lot better with that now at competing and defeating southpaws. It’s not a big deal anymore. You know, switching up and having to face a southpaw can be tricky. But it’s just like riding a bike to me, now,” he added.
Bradley said that his technique when facing left-handed fighters has improved.
“It’s a lot easier and I’m attacking from the angles a lot better. My foot positioning is a lot better. I’m setting up my punches a lot better,” he said.
Bradley is an underdog against Pacquiao, but the unbeaten boxer is confident that he can pull off an upset against the Filipino champion.
In previous interviews, he said that fighting Pacquiao will be “easy work” and that he is going for the Filipino boxer’s crown as one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world.