Thursday at the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, California, WBO Welterweight Champion Tim Bradley held a media workout to give the always inquisitive boxing press an idea of what to expect when he faces Filipino puncher and superstar Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, April 12th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After working the mitts with head trainer and former Lightweight contender Joel Diaz for a full three minute round, it was obvious that Tim and Joel were trying to let the media in on what seems to be a secret within the boxing community.
“I work the mitts with Tim everday, and he hits much harder than most people realize,” insists the hard working trainer from Indio, CA.
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American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. wants to prove that he belongs in the conversation as one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound, by defeating Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in their April 12 rematch.
Since controversially beating Pacquiao in June 2012, Bradley has steadily risen in the pound-for-pound lists and is currently ranked third by The RING Magazine, behind only fellow unbeaten Americans Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
Bradley believes his two fights in 2013 – against Ruslan Provodnikov in March and Juan Manuel Marquez in October – allowed him to show his worth as a fighter.
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Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley recently said he hopes to dance his way through five more fights before hanging up his gloves without taking any chances in the ring. That means Bradley will avoid engaging an opponent or battling toe-to-toe because he’s risk-averse. How the approach will affect his marketability remains to be seen but you can be sure, fans won’t pay good money to watch the Desert Storm turn into a Summer Shower.
Bradley will take that cautious mindset into his third title defense against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 12. He’ll earn $6 Million in the rematch. Although he’s the challenger, Pacquiao will pocket a guaranteed $20 Million. The disparity reflects who’s marketable and who’s not. Pacquiao brings in the fans while Bradley is just the foil in the act.
It was Pacquiao’s crown that Bradley wrested two years ago on a highly-disputed split 12-round decision. Since the dethronement, Pacquiao has lost to Juan Manuel Marquez and won over Brandon Rios. Bradley went on to barely beat Ruslan Provodnikov and outpoint a faded Marquez.
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Former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is predicting an easier night for Manny Pacquiao when he faces WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley in their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, Nev.
The 52-year-old Mancini was in Macau, China to commentate last weekend’s fights headlined by two-time gold medalist Zou Shiming for HBO2. Though Bradley was awarded a split-decision in the first fight in 2012, Mancini feels that Pacquiao deserved the verdict and will leave no doubts the second time around.
“Manny will beat Bradley,” said Mancini, who held the WBA 135-pound title from 1982-84. “I thought he beat him the first time but Manny wasn’t sharp in that fight. But I think he’ll beat him easily. He knows now that he has to, it’s probably the thorn in his side.”
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Mike Alvarado would be the underdog against Juan Manuel Marquez if they do indeed meet on May 17 as expected, but Alvarado’s trainer feels they have some advantages.
Shann Vilhauer, the trainer of former 140-pound titleholder Mike Alvarado, believes that a likely May 17 HBO clash with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is an advantageous fight for his guy, and says that their team has wanted this fight for years. From BoxingScene.com’s Ryan Burton:
“It is something that Mike has wanted for a long time. Mike has wanted this fight for three to four years now. We always felt that Marquez was tailor made for us. Marquez is a great boxer, obviously. One of the best boxers ever. I just think that Mike is the bigger and stronger guy.”
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