LAS VEGAS – Tim Bradley is more than willing to engage Manny Pacquiao in a toe-to-toe battle, aware he can keep up with the boxing superstar from the Philippines especially with his quickness and speed.
Trainer Joel Diaz said he believed the reigning world welterweight champion is the faster of the two fighters, and that’s what will keep him in step with his 35-year-old but hard-hitting challenger.
Bradley, 30, just came half-a-pound heavier than Pacquiao at 145.5 during the official weigh-in for his Saturday night (Sunday Manila time) showdown against the one-time best fighter pound-for-pound.
“He (Bradley) just wanted to feel good, feel light and fast (at 145),” said Diaz. “They’re lighter, they’re faster. From the get-go, from the opening bell, they’re gonna go.”
A former lightweight contender, Diaz said he expects the unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) title holder to come into the ring not bigger than 154 lbs., knowing that going above it would be tantamount to yielding Bradley’s main advantage against his ever dangerous challenger.
“I want him light. I don’t want him bigger at 154,” he said.
Bradley’s trainer also said the trash talking and other antics the champion did in Friday’s weigh-in was just part of his style to keep his adrenaline going.
“It was just pumping himself up, no disrespect for Manny. My fighter won’t disrespect Manny,” added Diaz, who confessed to being a Manny Pacquiao fan.
The veteran trainer guaranteed boxing fans won’t be disappointed in the 12-round bout, which he said is double the action than the first time the two gladiators squared off the ring won by Bradley via a split decision.
He is also confident of another victory for the 30-year-old Palm Springs, California native.
“On Saturday, we’ll go home happy.”