MANILA, Philippines – The trainer of unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. was impressed with Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s sensational sixth-round stoppage of his great rival, Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, in their fourth bout earlier this month.
“It was an extraordinary knockout,” said Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“They know each other very, very well. Manny Pacquiao has a habit (of lunging in), and he always does it in fights. Honestly, I didn’t think it owuld happen that way, but it made sense,” he added.
“Marquez really, really timed that punch. He knows him so well. When (Pacquiao) lunged in, he let go of that right hand and he got him.”
Pacquiao and Marquez had exchanged knockdowns earlier in the fight, although the Filipino champion seemed to be getting the upper hand in the sixth round. But with just seconds to go in the round, Pacquiao walked into a counter-right hand by Marquez, sending him crashing to the canvas.
Diaz revealed that he and Bradley worked on a similar punch during training.
“We were working on the same right hand, but with a little different style,” he said.
Diaz believes that after such a stunning knockout, it will be good for Pacquiao to take on a tune-up fight first before gunning for the big-money bouts again.
“As a trainer, I think he needs an easier fight to build up his confidence again,” he said. “With a loss like that, a fighter can demoralize himself a little bit.”
Diaz was in Bradley’s corner when the American defeated Pacquiao via a highly controversial split decision last June.