‘Dirty’ Tim Bradley is Manny Pacquiao’s foe

‘American poses a big threat’

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Tim Bradley gets a crack at Manny Pacquiao when they battle for the pound-for-pound king's WBO welterweight crown on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Carlos Osorio/AP

MANILA, Philippines—Tim Bradley is far from the pushover some boxing pundits are painting him to be and poses a legitimate threat to Manny Pacquiao, according to trainer Freddie Roach.

Bradley (28-0 with 12 knockouts) worries the renowned trainer because he is in his prime and brings in dirty tactics to the ring.

The Filipino eight-division world champion battles Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.

“He’s a dirty fighter, well, he’s a physical fighter,” Roach told Chris Robinson of examiner.com Saturday. “He uses his head, elbows, so forth.

“Manny does have some trouble with that because Manny can’t retaliate. I tell Manny that if a guy hits you low, hit him back low, but he won’t do that. It could pose a bit of a problem.”

The choice of Bradley was formally announced by Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

“Bradley is a young, undefeated fighter who deserves a chance,” Koncz told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.

Koncz added that the 28-year-old Bradley’s selection over two other contenders—Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez—sits well with Pacquiao, who will be staking his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against his light welterweight counterpart.

“Manny is excited,” said Roach. “Until we name an opponent, boxing is out of Manny’s mind. He’s busy working in (the Philippine) congress. But he gets interested in boxing again when he has an opponent and a fight.”

Though Bradley holds court in the 140-pound division, he’s fought at 147 lb and 152 lb.

Bradley’s sterling record includes a 12-round unanimous decision over Lamont Peterson in 2009 and Devon Alexander last year.

Pacquiao is expected to receive a guaranteed $20 million against Bradley.

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  • Paolo Dominict Umali

    di ko papanuorin to.

  • http://twitter.com/djgaurano dj gaurano

    20M USD only?? MP got more than that when he fought JMM.

    • Anonymous

      Bradley doesn’t have a box-office following like JMM.  He is getting $5M when his last fight he only got $1.3M.  The gross take will be a lot lower than JMM-MP 3.  That’s why MP’s guarantee is smaller.  Well, that’s how Bob Arum will explain it.  But they are fighting in the hew Garden Arena with a maximum crowd of 40,000, bigger than the 18,000 capacity that Mayweather is fighting in.

      But I think the Mayweather-Cotto will easily have a bigger audience simply because both a popular with the Latino audience, which probably is the largest boxing PPV audience.

  • axe musk

    Bradley will halt Pacquiao’s dominance in the sport. Kontrapelo si Pacquiao sa mga kalaban nyang halos kasingtaas lang nya kc mas mabilis sila kesa sa mas mataas sa kanya. Expect Pacquiao to be pressured in this match and if careless enough, eh will be meted his first loss in his unscathed record of nine consecutive wins.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YDQ6MCLJRKJ6YOK4GIZY5WKYD4 Eduard

      Pag nanalo si Pacquiao babalik ako dito sa tread mo at kukutus-kutusan kita ulo  xD

    • Anonymous

      As Pacquiao would say, “Pilipino ka! Pagpakatotoo ka!”  

      Pacquiao loves pressure fighters.  JMM and Mayweather are not pressure fighters, they are counter-punchers.  Bradley is made for Pacquiao’s style.  He is too slow and some say lacks power although he looks very strong to me.  But is he as strong as Cotto, Clottey, Mosley or Margarito?  Bradley never fought in that level yet.  Of course, in boxing, an upset is always possible.

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