INDIO, California – It was April of this year when undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. started training at a local Indio gym with his father and coach in preparation for his June 9 welterweight clash against Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Bradley knows that he is the underdog against Pacquiao, one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, but remains confident that he can win.
“I’ve been the underdog my whole life. Being the underdog don’t really matter. At the end of the day, I can still win and get the victory,” Bradley said.
“So being the underdog, just because of what people think, really doesn’t matter to me. I’m gonna win the fight on June 9.”
His trainer, Joel Diaz, said they have “prepared for every single thing that Manny Pacquiao brings to the table.”
Diaz confessed that Bradley may not have the knockout power, but said his boxer will aim for the body in an effort to slow down Pacquiao.
“Timothy is a very aggressive fighter, but most of his work goes to the body, and that always slows down every fighter,” he said.
“He doesn’t have power but he keeps winning. He’s undefeated, he’s 28 and 0,” Diaz added.
Pacquiao and Bradley are friendly outside the ring, with the American boxer referring to Pacquiao as a “good dude.”
But once they get inside the ring, Bradley said there will be no “bromance” between the boxers.
“There’s no bromance inside the ring. We’re two warriors and we come to fight,” Bradley said. “There’s not gonna be any bromance and no hand-shaking.”
“All the hand-shaking will take place in the center of the ring when we start. Whatever happens in the fight, it happens. After the fight, we embrace each other like brothers,” he added.
“But during the fight, we seek and destroy.”
Meanwhile, Roger Mayweather, the trainer and uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., believes that Pacquiao will win the fight.
“He ain’t gonna win because of his boxing ability, but he is gonna win,” Mayweather said of Pacquiao.
Mayweather also brushed off the notion that Pacquiao’s renewed faith will make him a better boxer.
“The Bible ain’t gonna make you Superman,” he said. “Everybody reads the Bible.”
Pacquiao is expected to make at least $26 million as a guaranteed fight purse, while Timothy Bradley will get $5 million.
This does not include pay-per-view buys on the night of the fight.