LAS VEGAS –Sorry, Timothy Bradley, but Manny Pacquiao will never, ever get caught with right hook counter again.
The pride of General Santos City said he’s already learned his lesson from the past and is not bound to do the same mistake he did against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, who dealt Pacquiao his worst career loss in 2012 following a devastating sixth round knockout.
The 37-year-old fell face down after getting hit by that deadly Marquez counter, and for a few scary moments, laid unconscious on the canvas.
But even in the event Bradley, age 32, tries to use the same ploy in their 12-round Saturday fight, Pacquiao said he’ll be ready.
“I know that,” said Pacquiao, when asked if he expects Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas to apply the same ploy Marquez did against him in the fourth installment of their rivalry four years ago.
Even Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to the Filipino eight-time world division champion (57-6-2, 38 KOs), tried to apply the same tactic against him in their May 2015 fight, without success.
“I know that they’re going to use that strategy and I learned a lot from that fight,” said Pacquiao.
And so he warned Bradley to find other ways to beat them.
“Better think of another strategy,” said a smiling Pacquiao.