LAS VEGAS – Timothy Bradley’s camp exuded confidence, both in their words and actions. And they have vowed to back it up four days from now.
Trainer Joel Diaz boldly proclaimed that his boy will pull off the “upset of the decade” when he clashes with superstar Manny Pacquiao this Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand for the welterweight championship of the world.
The Mexican trainer had a brief stint in the dais during the final press conference for the 12-round bout on Wednesday and spoke with so much conviction as he declared that the American challenger is ready to “stun the boxing world.”
“There’s a lot of upsets in boxing and they don’t come around so often, and I think we’re up for one. I think Saturday night is gonna be the upset of the decade – Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao,” declared the former world title challenger and brother of one-time world champions Antonio and Julio Diaz.
Bradley, 28, was the picture of confidence when it was his turn to speak, saying, “I’m ready to shock the world. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win this fight.”
The unbeaten challenger then went one step further than his trainer by bringing giant replicas of a ticket and poster announcing the holding of Pacquiao-Bradley II, implying that a rematch is a certainty after he finishes off the champion this weekend.
“The ticket right here is for the next fight on November 10. I’m into predicting the future, guys,” said the Palm Spring, California native.
As if on cue, Bradley sought out his wife Monica in the audience inside the Hollywood Theater to personally give her a copy of the ticket.
“Come here and get your ticket. That’s your seat, section 1, row A, seat No.1,” added Bradley as he handed the mock ticket to his wife. “After June 10, tickets will go on sale for the rematch.”
Turning serious, Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) said he believes he has a shot at beating the hard-hitting Pacquiao, never mind if he remains a 4-1 longshot to pull off what no other fighter has done in the past seven years.
“Training camp was hell,” admitted Bradley, twice repeating the line. “I’ve never, ever trained this hard my whole life.”
Aware of what they’ve gone through in the two months leading to the fight, Diaz said he is absolutely sure that Bradley is in the best shape of his career.
“Look forward to a great fight because Tim Bradley is 100 percent ready to win on Saturday night,” he said.
Bradley can’t seem to wait for Saturday to come.
“Let’s get it on, baby. It’s gonna be a war. I’m ready, I’m ready,” were the challenger’s parting shots.