With less than three weeks left before his next fight, Manny Pacquiao continues to impress trainer Freddie Roach in their preparation for his June 9 bout against American Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
According to the soon-to-be hall of fame trainer, Pacquiao had 12 rounds of sparring last Thursday and 10 rounds last Saturday in which he showed that he is on target for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title showdown with the undefeated American slugger.
“We’re right on schedule,” said the five-time trainer of the year Roach. “Everything’s doing very well. Manny is back into it.”
Roach also dismissed the notions of Pacquiao’s critics, who are saying that the pound-for-pound king has been slowly deteriorating based on his last four fights in which he failed to knock out his opponents.
“His critics are saying he’s washed out or that he’s done,” Roach said. “I don’t think so. He’s still pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world.”
Pacquiao’s critics based their assessments on Pacquiao’s last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, but Roach admitted that the Filipino champion wasn’t himself during that fight.
According to Roach, Pacquiao wasn’t very focused during his third bout with Marquez and that the Mexican came out with a lot of heart and is also known to give Pacquiao a lot of trouble with his counter-punching style.
Pacquiao will be stepping on the ring in June 9 as the heavy favorite, but his opponent expressed his confidence, saying that he is not afraid Pacquiao because he feels that is stronger than ever.
“I don’t fear Pacquiao,” Bradley declared. “It’s Timothy Bradley’s time. At this point in my career, I’m stronger than ever. You can say anything that you want about me but the one thing that you can’t say about me is that I’m not a winner.”
Bradley will be putting his unblemished 28-0, 12 KOs record on the line against the reigning pound-for-pound king and WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao.