LAS VEGAS – Freddie Roach said Tim Bradley never hurt Manny Pacquiao in their two previous fights.
He doesn’t see it happening either this Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) when Pacquiao and Bradley clash for a third time at the MGM Grand even with the benefit of a new trainer in Teddy Atlas.
Reason? Roach stressed the obvious: the 32-year-old Bradley is not a big puncher.
“He’s not a power puncher at all,” he noted. “He’s a little bit slow and he’s never hurt Manny.”
Practically facing the same opponent, Roach said Pacquiao would also remain the same fighter he was in their two previous outings.
“But we want a better win, to win it more decisively, and not make it a close fight,” said the 56-year-old trainer.
Both fighters share common denominators in Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez, who they both had facedr in the past.
Pacquiao settled for a 12-round decision against Rios while suffering his most devastating loss at the hands of Marquez in 2012 when a perfect counter right by the Mexican legend sent the Filipino ring great into dreamland in a sixth-round knockout.
But Roach said Marquez is a lot better fighter than Bradley.
“He’s smarter and a more intelligent counter-puncher,” he said of the proud Mexican warrior. “He’s a difficult fighter to adjust to. He’s a good fighter and his corner man is one of the best in the world.”
As for Rios, the seven-time Trainer of the Year said the former lightweight champion was totally not in fight shape when Bradley sent him down on his knees to score a ninth-round stoppage for the WBO welterweight championship.
Roach added Rios just quit even before the fight started.
“I never expect him (Rios) to come to a fight and not try to win, and lose like he did with all the fat that’s hanging on his belly,” he said. “He really look bad going into the ring that night.”