HOLLYWOOD - Even Tim Bradley’s best impersonation of Juan Manuel Marquez proved no match against Manny Pacquiao.
As expected by Pacquiao’s corner, Bradley climbed the ring fighting ala Marquez, with the hope of duplicating the Mexican’s success against the Filipino boxing great whom he knocked out cold with a single punch during their highly-talked about fourth meeting in December of 2012.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old Bradley did not even come close to justifying his own version of Marquez.
“Ginagaya niya 'yung style ni Marquez. Tumitiyempo siya,” said Pacquiao shortly after watching and analyzing a video of the 12-round fight shortly after regaining the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title via unanimous decision over Bradley.
“Ginagaya niya si Marquez na one punch. Akala niya si Marquez siya.”
While a solid right hand by Bradley in the fourth round initially jolted Pacquiao, he still felt confident he’ll be able to survive the best the American could offer.
He said the punch landed just at the side of his jaw and not directly on the chin, where the Filipino admitted being vulnerable just as he was against the 40-year-old Marquez.
“Kaya pagkatapos nun, nabuo ang kumpiyansa ko na kaya ko 'yung suntok niya.”
The victory gave the fighting congressman from Sarangani Province enough satisfaction, especially for someone still considered on the comeback trail following the vicious loss he suffered at the hands of Marquez.
“At least napatunayan ko na may ibubuga pa ako,” he said.
As if that’s not enough, Pacquiao still sees himself regaining again his old deadly form even at his advancing age of 35.
“Mai-improve ko pa yun (performance against Bradley),” he said. “Hindi pa yun 'yung hinahanap ko na Manny Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao said he’s got no idea on who his next opponent will be, although the two names prominently being mentioned in Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. had upcoming fights one after the other next month.
Marquez is set to face former WBO light-welterweight title holder Mike Alvarado on May 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles, while Mayweather battles hard-puncher Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao said both fights are going to be explosive, their outcomes worth waiting.