MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Timothy Bradley downplayed Manny Pacquiao’s performance during their 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title clash by claiming that the eight-division champion is already past his peak.
Bradley, who won the WBO welterweight crown via a controversial split-decision, stated in Boxing Scene that Pacquiao may be nearing the twilight of his colorful boxing career.
"He's declining, honestly he is declining. He had me hurt in the fourth round, he didn't try to come out and finish me, the old Manny would've. The old Manny would've,” he said.
Bradley claimed the Filipino champion looked washed up during their title tiff, adding that Pacquiao easily grew tired at the heat of their exchange.
“This guy looks tired. I saw his eyes, I saw the bags underneath his eyes. I was like this guy is tired. I don't even think this guy wants to be here," he said.
Bradley said the various activities outside boxing may have taken its toll on the 33-year-old Pacquiao.
The Filipino boxer reportedly spent late nights doing Bible studies with his followers even during his training camp.
“I just think there's a lot of wear and tear on him, his mind is in 50,000 different places. He's got his newfound religion and stuff like that, and I just feel like maybe he's worn out, honestly. I have a busy schedule but his schedule is like all day busy, like 24/7, he never stops moving.”