MANILA, Philippines – Team Bradley plans to battle Manny Pacquiao in his own game by pitting speed against speed.
Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, said part of their strategy is watching his ward’s weight which will affect Bradley’s movements inside the ring.
"Tim is already on weight. He comes in the gym at 150 so I'm sure when he leaves he's at '47 or '48. He could fight this weekend if need be," said Diaz on Boxing Scene.
Bradley will return to the welterweight division to challenge Pacquiao.
He last fought as a welterweight in 2010 when he defeated Carlos Abregu.
Diaz said that today’s Bradley is a quicker fighter compared to the boxer he was two years ago.
"I think he will be better than he was for the Abregu fight because we have really worked on maintaining the speed that he had at 140. He was fast in the Abregu fight but I think he will be way faster for this fight,” said Diaz.
Pacquiao’s speed and power has been his key in beating bigger and stronger opponents.
Diaz said they hope to outpace the fleet-footed Filipino champion on June 9.
“Keeping his (Bradley) speed is an area we have really focused on," he said.