TIM Bradley won’t just be concerned with Manny Pacquiao’s vaunted left hook when he takes on the Filipino boxing icon for the third time in the last four years less than three weeks from now at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
With Pacquiao brandishing a newly-operated right shoulder, the 32-year-old American is expecting the eight-time world division champion to be as busy as a bee coming forward behind a two-fisted attack.
“I’m sure his right hook will be better,” noted Bradley, speaking from his training camp in California with 18 days to go before the April 9 (April 10, Manila time) showdown.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao will be fighting for the first time since suffering a torn rotator cuff on the right shoulder during his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr in May of 2015.
The Pacman went under the knife four days after a unanimous decision loss to the brash-talking Mayweather, leaving him inactive and out of the ring for the next 10 months.
But since beginning to train for the Bradley fight, Pacquiao felt recharged and said he’ll be going up in the ring like a brand-new fighter.
Bradley however, doesn’t see Pacquiao offering anything new than his fully-healed right shoulder.
“He does pretty much the same thing. I don’t think there is anything out of the ordinary,” said the native of Palm Springs, California. “I don’t think he’s going to do a new wrinkle right away. He’s been fighting the same way since I have seen him.”
And unlike Pacquiao, Bradley hinted about doing something that his legendary opponent hadn’t seen in their first two meetings in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
“He knows me, but I think I’m going to be a little different this time,” said the American, who will have new trainer Teddy Atlas in his corner.