PALM SPRINGS, CA – Teddy Atlas doesn’t want any fancy stuff from Timothy Bradley when he climbs the ring next Saturday against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
A victory by decision will be more than enough to satisfy him.
“I just want to win a decision, three minutes at a time,” he told members of the press who were completely outnumbered by boxing fans that attended the media workout of the 32-year-old Bradley as his training camp finally came to a close on Friday afternoon (Saturday, Manila time) at his personal gym here.
A 57-year-old boxing analyst who’s making a comeback as trainer, Atlas presided over the two-hour session that saw Bradley shadow box then hit the mitts, double end, and the heavy bag.
At one point, Atlas asked for the cooperation of those in attendance and asked them that no videos and cameras be taken for at least 15 minutes as he and Bradley went about their business inside the gym.
“We need complete focus, complete concentration, three minutes at a time. That’s all we need to do against a guy like Manny,” said Atlas, the 1994 Trainer of the Year.
Atlas wasn’t in Bradley’s corner the two times he fought Pacquiao in the last four years which the fighters split, with the American pulling off a stunning split decision win in 2012 and the Filipino coming through with a unanimous decision victory in the 2014 rematch.
But with him now in-charge of Bradley’s corner, he likened the Fighter of the Decade to a big ferris wheel that looks amazing and goes so fast that everybody seemed to be in awe.
“But then you get in it and by the time the ride’s over, it didn’t quite touch the clouds, it didn’t quite go 100 miles per hour, and you realize it actually stops in spots. You can actually view and see things,” stressed Atlas.
“That’s how we have to view Pacquiao. We have to see things now we didn’t see the first time we rode the ferris wheel.”
Howevern, he’s not undermining the skills and status of the eight-time world division champion, whom he referred to as a ‘freakish athlete.’
“He’s an uncommon athlete. Speed and power is very rare. That’s still going to be there. And he’s a lefty. He’s not diminished, not used up, not a shot fighter,” Atlas said of Pacquiao.