Reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao knows that his opponent is hungrier than ever, but the 33-year-old champion is confident that he can handle the undefeated American.
According to the eight-division champion, he knows how determined Bradley is, but he believes that he is the much faster and stronger fighter, making him confident that he will retain his title in his upcoming bout against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.
“I know Tim is hungry and I know his feeling,” said Pacquiao, who has not tasted defeat since losing to Erik Morales in Mach 2005. “But I trained like I’m 26 years old. I kept pushing and pushing. It’s my power. It comes from God. It’s my speed. I’m faster than him”
Although he maintains that he is the faster and stronger fighter, Pacquiao said that he is not taking his opponent lightly and he is also aware of Bradley’s history of head-butting his opponent.
However, Pacquiao revealed that he and his camp prepared new techniques to counter that possible clash of heads, which is almost certain when a left-handed fighter like Pacquiao faces an orthodox boxer like Bradley.
The Filipino champion is no stranger in facing a rugged fighter.
In 2001, he fought Dominican Republic native Agapito Sanchez, who continuously and deliberately imposed dirty tactics that led to a sixth-round technical draw decision.
Pacquiao also cleared the air about the possible effects of the problems he encountered during his training camp.
When asked about the turmoil between trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, Pacquiao downplayed the situation and said that Ariza will be in his corner together with Roach and lead assistant Buboy Fernandez.
Tension rose inside Pacquiao’s camp when Ariza left Pacquiao training camp in the Philippines too early to train Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a decision that frustrated Roach, who called it as un unprofessional move for Ariza was committed to train Pacquiao and Amir Khan during that time.
Several news reports said that Roach asked not to include Ariza on their corner on June 9, but Pacquiao dismissed the reports and said that there were just misunderstandings that have already been solved.
Pacquiao will train for the last time on Friday, Manila time, and will take a break the next day, which will be the day of the official weigh-in for the welterweight championship bout.
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