Respected trainer Johnathon Banks believes that Timothy Bradley has a legit shot of pulling off the upset against Manny Pacquiao in their bout later this year and that the American can do it via a shocking knockout.
Banks is the former trainer for heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko and is still an active boxing pro, who have won titles in the heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions during his prime.
“I didn’t think Pacquiao should have been the favorite in any of the previous fights. I think Timothy Bradley is a good athlete, I think he’s a hard worker, and I really believe if comes in there and fights Pacquiao, I honestly think that he will beat him,” Banks said to ontheropesboxing.com.
Banks was referring to the first two fights between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2012 and 2014. Bradley won the controversial 12-round decision in the first fight and Pacquiao won a convincing 12-rounder in the second.
“You gotta look at what Marquez did. Although Pacquiao and Marquez had such a good rhythm because they had fought so many times before, they could fight each other with their eyes closed.” Marquez said, “You know what? Everytime he tries to fight me, he jumps in to me but let me see if I can time that jump.” Marquez timed it right and I think Timothy Bradley should do the same thing, time the jump,” Banks added.
Marquez shocked Pacquiao in 2012 when the Mexican knocked out the Filipino in the sixth round in Las Vegas, Nevada in their fourth meeting. Bradley will be completing a trilogy with Pacquiao in April and his familiarity with Pacquiao and experience the previous two meetings could help the American as noted by Banks.
Banks went on to state in the same interview that Pacquiao “hasn’t changed” and the trainer/boxer said that Bradley should find the opportunity to knock out the Filipino like Marquez did four years ago.
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