MANILA, Philippines - Timothy Bradley is training so hard he may have nothing left in him by the time he steps inside the ring with Manny Pacquiao.
The undefeated American is killing himself in training.
During yesterday's conference call, the hungry challenger to Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown said he's looking at a total of 160 sparring rounds.
If that’s how he does things for a fight, that’s fine. But if he thinks that putting on the numbers in training would double his chances of winning, he could be wrong.
Bradley said the chance to fight Pacquiao is an opportunity of a lifetime, and he wants to make the most out of that opportunity.
He said he'd beat Pacquiao on June 9 in Las Vegas. Or die trying.
"The time is already here, the moment. I am ready to take the throne. I'm excited," he told the media during a conference call from his training headquarters in Indio, California.
On Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) he holds another media workout at the Fortune Gym along Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, and the following day Pacquiao holds his own media workout at the Wild Card Gym along Vine street.
Bradley is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations.
"Training and preparation have been going great. I am in the best shape of my life. When we are done I will have sparred about 160 rounds. I have been training for almost three months now," he said.
"I am on weight. I left the gym at 147 pounds today so I will probably be coming in kind of light the day of the weigh-in maybe 145 or 144. I am just eating a little bit more and I feel great. I am confident and I am ready to deliver," Bradley added.
Pacquiao is wrapping up his training, and has started to taper down in sparring. By the time he leaves for Las Vegas on Monday of fight week, he’ll be looking at a little over a hundred rounds in sparring.
With less than two weeks left to the fight, Pacquiao must be around the same weight as Bradley's, and may tip the scales at around 145 lb. As a welterweight, the 33-year-old champion climbs the ring just under 150 lb.