HOLLYWOOD – Former two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa doesn’t think Timothy Bradley will last 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao this time, given the condition the boxing superstar had been showing in training camp.
A keen observer of the sport that has been very good to his family, Penalosa saw the huge improvement in Pacquiao from the time he started training in General Santos City all the way until Saturday (Sunday Manila time) on the penultimate week of the two-month old camp at the Wild Card gym here.
“Kung ang ipapakita ni Manny sa laban eh tulad nung pinapakita niya sa training camp, tingin ko hindi tatagal ang laban ngayon,” said the 41-year-old Penalosa, a close pal of the eight-time world champion.
Bradley needed all of 12 rounds and a lot of luck in beating the Filipino pride by split decision the first time they met two years ago to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
But from the way Penalosa looks at it, the old fire in Pacquiao is back and this is bad news for the reigning champion, says Penalosa.
“Parang 'yung dating Manny Pacquiao ulit,” he added, but stressed he based everything according to what he saw in the camp.
Penalosa, the former world bantamweight and super-flyweight title holder, always makes it a point to support his friend every fight by watching him live while bringing along wife Goodie and their two children.
Along with Anson Tiu Co, Penalosa also teamed up with Pacquiao to form the MAG-PAC boxing promotions.