WBO world welterweight king Manny Pacquiao, and his legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, resumed training on Monday at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood to prepare for “Pac-Man’s” upcoming title defense against WBO light welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 28-year-old Bradley (28-0-0-1, 12 KOs), who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is also a former two-time light welterweight champ who has trumped solid pugilists Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander.
“Desert Storm,” a fundamentally sound, and allegedly dirty, prizefighter who could pose some issues for Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), has publicly opinionated that the Filipino superstar is vulnerable due to his numerous responsibilities outside of the squared circle.
“No matter what Bradley says, I still have the hunger to win,” Pacquiao told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “I had a great camp in the Philippines. No distractions at all. We are ready to step it up over the next four weeks at Wild Card. This is a big fight for me. I can’t wait for June 9.”
Roach, who made history with his two brothers when all three of them battled on the same fight card at the Boston Garden in June 1982, adamantly declared that Pacquiao is ready to battle.
“Maybe Bradley should come over to the Wild Card and see how hard Manny works in the ring. No one works harder — no one — and Manny is not ready to give up his throne. Manny is so serious,” said Roach, 52, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). “He gave up playing basketball, and that means a lot to him. He is a serious, dedicated athlete going into a very big fight. Now we do our finishing training at the Wild Card. I promise you Manny will shoot the works when he faces Bradley.”
Unfortunately for “Desert Storm,” he is simply not in the same class as the man named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA.
As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, Bradley has feathery fists and won’t be physically capable of damaging “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” when they scrap.
Pacquiao, the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, possesses superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and Bradley will inevitably land firmly on Queer Street sometime prior to the ninth round.
Manny Pacquiao still has “the hunger to win” and Timothy Bradley will painfully realize that fact in approximately a month.by