Timothy Bradley Jr. was impressive in his last bout by knocking out Brandon Rios. Against Manny Pacquiao in April, the American champion vows for another all-out attack with the welterweight stating that he’s aiming for Pacquiao’s injured shoulder.
Bradley, who won the first fight against Pacquiao in 2012 but lost in the return bout in 2014, said in an interview that he would do anything to win the third bout and that includes attacking Pacquiao’s shoulder, if that is what it takes get the victory.
“I think the answer would be – what would you do? C’mon lets think here. You are a smart guy. What would you do? Would you target that shoulder? What would you do? I will do whatever it takes to win,” Bradley said via BoxingScene.com.
Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) is coming off a stirring ninth round victory over Rios last November and his convincing win was credited to his new partnership with trainer Teddy Atlas.
The KO win was the first fight not going the distance for the “Desert Storm” since and eighth round TKO win over Joel Casamayor in 2011 and his new-found aggressiveness on top of the squared ring, thanks to Atlas’ motivation.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will be entering the fight against Bradley without a KO/TKO since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th and final round of their welterweight bout.
Pacquiao is also just 3-3 in his last six bouts with disappointing losses to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and the 12 round unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May 2015 when he suffered his shoulder injury.
By all accounts, Pacquiao’s injury to his shoulder is already healed and the Filipino pugilist is ready to compete with Bradley and complete the trilogy between the two rivals.
However, considering Pacquiao injured the shoulder during the training camp for the Mayweather fight, the Filipino may be worried that the same injury might happen again during camp or even the bout itself— something Bradley is ready to take advantage of come fight night.
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