HOLLYWOOD – No mercy this time.
It’s the mantra Manny Pacquiao will be taking to the ring when he meets Tim Bradley anew this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) in Las Vegas for the world welterweight title, according to Buboy Fernandez.
They Said It!
“Bawal na ang awa ngayon." Manny Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez
The assistant trainer and boyhood friend of the boxing great admitted Pacquiao’s compassion got the better of him in his first meeting with Bradley, which ended in a controversial split decision in favor of the American.
“Masyado tayong naging mabait sa kalaban, masyado tayong naging kumpiyansa sa ibang rounds,” said Fernandez, who admitted watching the tape of the first Pacquiao-Bradley fight over and over again just before training camp began last February.
Buboy said even Pacquiao confessed to him having let his guard down against the reigning champion after initially dominating the 12-round fight early on.
This time, he expects the same thing not to happen again.
“Dito hindi natin kailangan ang awa,” he said. “Bawal na ang awa ngayon.”
The way Pacquiao had been performing in the first seven weeks of his camp in General Santos City, and later on, at the Wild Card gym, convinced Fernandez the 35-year-old challenger is leaving nothing to chance.
“Ito yung Manny Pacquiao na nakita ko 10 years ago. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, hindi ko nakita sa iyo ng ilang taon ito. Ito 'yung tunay na Manny Pacquiao na hinahanap ko. Nakikita ko kasi sa kanya uli 'yung nagbabagang mata na uhaw sumuntok sa kalaban,” said Fernandez on Sunday when Pacquiao took a day-off from training.
The man who’s been an assistant trainer for Pacquiao since 2000, said he anticipates Bradley to study the Filipino ring star’s fourth meeting against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez rather than the American’s first encounter against the eight-time world champion in 2012.
Unlike the split decision eked out by Bradley, Marquez sent the Pacman to dreamland after connecting on a perfect right hand to the face in the final second of the sixth round of their welterweight showdown.
“Yung laban niya kay Marquez ang pinag-aralan ni Bradley lalo na 'yung pagbitaw ni Manny ng kaliwa. Doon niya kasi nakita kung paano naging open si Manny, kung paano tumama 'yung kanan ni Marquez,” said Fernandez, who had the image of the legendary Filipino boxer tattooed on his right arm.
But with the fire in his eyes finally back, Pacquiao’s longtime pal is confident he’ll become a world champion again in a week’s time.
“Tingin ko itong laban, may paglalagyan ito,” he said. “Kailangan sagasa ngayon, bugbugin ng bugbugin ito. Damihan natin ang suntok.
“Kung kaya nating pabagsakin, pabagsakin natin. Kung kaya nating puntusan ng puntusan, ito ang gawin natin,” he added.