MANILA, Philippines – World flyweight champion Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria warned Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao to be careful of challenger Timothy Bradley Jr. when they fight on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Viloria told Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star that while he expects Pacquiao to win, Bradley will give the Pacman a greater challenge than expected.
"Manny's too fast, too much for Bradley. From what I know, Manny's training is on the right track," Viloria told Henson.
"But I heard Bradley's in great shape, too. And he's hungry. He's eager to gain recognition," Viloria said of the undefeated American.
Viloria believes that Bradley – who will come in as an underdog against Pacquiao – is a dangerous opponent who "has nothing to lose and everything to gain."
"That's why Manny has got to be careful. Bradley can box, and he can brawl. Manny must be prepared for whatever Bradley brings to the table," he said.
Moreover, Viloria believes that Pacquiao not only needs to win – he needs to so in impressive fashion.
"Manny needs a decisve and spectacular win to put him back at the No. 1 pound-for-pound spot after his not-so-convincing win against (Juan Manuel) Marquez," Viloria told Henson.
Pacquiao is currently No. 2 in most pound-for-pound lists behind rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., though the RING Magazine has the two boxers tied at the No. 2 spot.
Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship against Bradley, who is rated No. 8 on The RING’s pound-for-pound list.