Manny Pacquiao might be heading towards retirement after his fight with Timothy Bradley this Saturday. If this is the case, then he surely expects to go with a bang. Pacquiao expects that his fight with Bradley is ‘going to be a great fight’.
“After seeing Tim knock out Brandon Rios I expect Bradley to engage more instead of running like he did before when we fought. He has improved a lot and has become a very powerful puncher. It’s going to be a great fight,” Pacquiao said, reports Boxing News 24.
Bradley defeated Rios to claim the welterweight title bout in November last year. The fight that went until the ninth round, saw Bradley throwing 570 punches and landing nearly half of them (254). Rios, on the other hand, managed to land just 81 punches out of 454.
The Filipino believes that Bradley’s new trainer, Teddy Atlas has transformed him into a more ‘powerful’ one.
“This is not the same Tim Bradley I fought before. His new trainer has transformed him into a powerful and entertaining fighter. He knocked out Brandon Rios in his last fight. Rios had never been stopped before that fight. I think we will give the fans an exciting fight. I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
Reports of the famous boxer hanging down his gloves after the Saturday fight might indeed be true. Pacquiao feels that the time is right to wind up his career.
“The time feels right for winding down my boxing career. We will see. I am training like it is my last fight,” he said.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum expects that Pacquiao-Bradley 3 fight will bring in around 700,000-800,000 pay-per-views on HBO. As for Pacquiao, he is going to make reportedly $20 million from the fight.
Pacquiao has been at the receiving end of many ever since he made those controversial LGBT comments slamming same-sex marriage.
“The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female. If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals,” he said in a video released by Interaksyon.
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