HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach longs to see an aggressive Tim Bradley in his third duel with Manny Pacquiao.
With new trainer Teddy Atlas, a reinvigorated Bradley climbed the ring against Brandon Rios in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight last November and proved to be the aggressor between the two on the way to a stunning ninth-round knockout over his tough fellow American.
Bradley doing the same thing against Pacquiao, a fighter always ready to brawl inside the ring, should definitely be to the 37-year-old Filipino’s advantage, according to his longtime trainer.
“If he will be more aggressive I will be happy for that,” said Roach, 56, in a question and answer portion as Pacquiao winds down training camp for the fight.
“If his (Atlas) fighter fights a little harder, we will fight back. Manny is ready for whatever he brings to the table.”
Roach admitted seeing something a bit new about Bradley since the time Altas took over from Joel Diaz as trainer.
But at the same time, he believes Bradley will become the same fighter he was in his first two previous fights with Pacquiao once he felt the power anew of the legendary Filipino boxer.
Bradley won his first meeting with Pacquiao behind a disputed split decision victory, before ‘Pacman’ evened things up with ‘Dessert Storm’ in their rematch through a unanimous decision.
“We see the adjustments he is trying to make but once Manny hits him, he will revert back to what he does best,” said the seven-time Trainer of the Year.
Roach said Pacquiao will spar for one last time at the Wild Card gym on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time), before heading to Las Vegas later in the day in a long convoy of vehicles – including the customized Pacquiao team bus – for a six-hour road trip five days before the bout.
Pacquiao held camp for seven weeks, including three in his native General Santos City, before concluding the final stretch here at the Wild Card gym.