HOLLYWOOD – Even though Manny Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout for the last six years, Tim Bradley is not about to get complacent in his third meeting with the 'Pacman.'
The 32-year-old American said he still expects Pacquiao to come out stronger and motivated once he climbs the ring of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9 (April 10, Manila time).
“I’m not depending on Manny Pacquiao to be weak. I think he is going to be stronger than ever,” said Bradley in a transcript of an interview sent to media outlets from his training camp in Palm Springs, California.
“I’m expecting a tough fight and I’m expecting a smart fight. I am not expecting any weaknesses from Manny Pacquiao.”
Bradley held his final day of sparring pn Thursday (Friday, Manila time) and will close camp on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) when he holds a media public workout.
Pacquiao hasn’t knocked an opponent out since scoring a 12-round stoppage over Miguel Cotto in 2009 to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship.
Even in his win against Bradley in their 2014 rematch, the Filipino boxing great had to settle for a unanimous decision.
Bradley himself is perplexed, aware of how powerful a fighter Pacquiao is.
“I don’t know what it is. He hasn’t knocked anyone out in a long time,” said the American, holder of a 33-1-1-1 record with 13 KOs. “It could be the weight class – he has been fighting at 147 pounds – it could be that, but I’m not depending on any decline in Manny Pacquiao.”
Bradley said it doesn’t affect him even if Pacquiao has been touting the fight as his farewell bout, and therefore would be inspired to come out in a blaze of glory.
“You know I don’t know, and to be honest with you, I really don’t care,” he said. “If it is, so be it, and if it isn’t, then more power to him, whatever he wants to do.
“I don’t think about this being his last fight. I just know there is a fight on April 9. It’s a fight on April 9 that I want to win and I’m sure Teddy (Atlas) wants to win.”