Boxer icon Timothy Bradley may have declared he doesn’t fear the eight-time division champion Manny Pacquiao, and later admitted that fighting Pacquiao is like a death sentence.
“It consumes you as you don’t know what will happen. It will be on your conscience. You can’t enjoy until that day happens. It’s pain, agony,” Bradley said in a statement, via the Inquirer.net.
Timothy Bradley wants only one thing, and that is to beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. Bradley clearly wants to be remembered as a fighter who beats some of the best in the business, including the eight-division division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Bradley (33-1-1. 13 KOs) said that he is ready to engage Pacquiao in whatever type of battle the Filipino champ will bring to the ring on Saturday. Bradley is hoping for a third game’s lucky charm on Saturday.
“I can’t make mistakes against this guy,” Bradley said in a statement, via the Inquirer.net.
“We’re ready for it. We’re ready for wherever we have to be. Enclosed in a phone booth, suitcase or a cubicle,” Bradley added in a statement, via the Inquirer.net.
Experts believe that Bradley should avoid being caught in close combat fight because Pacquiao has this terrible habit of ‘filling that space’. Chances of getting knock out are great if the American boxer will bring a close combat style in the ring.
Bradley clearly knows that beating Pacquiao won’t be easy and that he needs to be flawless in executing coupled with good footwork. To counter the Filipino boxer’s perceived edge in speed and knockout punch, Bradley said to be at his optimum form. To achieve this and beat Pacquiao, Bradley is following what coach Teddy Atlas really wants- that is to preserve his strength and body for the upcoming bout.
The clash on Saturday will be the third clash of the two boxing warriors. The two’s first fight, which was billed as “Perfect Storm”, was held on June 9, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley won that gruelling 12-rounds bout by split decision and claimed the WBO Welterweight champion.
The second fight, which billed as “Vindication”, was held on April 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This time, it’s different, Pacquiao has won through a unanimous decision. Pacquiao has the WBO Welterweight title from Bradley.
Bradley admitted that he was no longer pushing himself to exhaustion in training and that he is just waiting for the big event. For example, Bradley no longer runs the 3.5 miles track, which is the farthest he went in the training camp. However, the mental stress will remain until the final ring bell rung.
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