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‘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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Tags: Boxing , Freddie Roach , Manny Pacquiao , Michael Koncz , Sports , Tim Bradley

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    I don’t know if a lot wants to watch the Mayweather vs. Cotto.  I’d rather watch Cotto vs. Mosley

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mayana-Fortaliejo/100001874190577 Mayana Fortaliejo

    Not only that, he will be using it to the fullest to topple Pacquiao. Once Pacquiao will be hit with that shining armor, like a bull attacking a matador, he’s gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mayana-Fortaliejo/100001874190577 Mayana Fortaliejo

    Come what may, I believe that Bradley will shine. I mean he will come with his head shining as a reflector once it will be hit by spotlights during the fight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Should be a better fight than the Mosley and Clottey bouts, as Bradley’s at least a young fighter in his prime.

    Still, anything other than Pac-May is a disappointment.

    • Anonymous

      jose,

      Hahaha. You are really a fan of Gayweather.. The one whose behavior you have been trying to copy lately.  The one who would issue challenges but will back out on the the last part of the negotiations.  The one who tries to impose impossible conditions just to make sure the fight will not push through.

      By the way who do you think will be  the ‘monster’ in the bout? — Before you answer , I would like to remind you that this will be a boxing match, and not Mr Gay World ok?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

        All,
         
        Kindly ignore the troll.
         
        Post reported.

        Oh, and my challenge to you still stands, coward.  Put up or shut up.

  • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

    $20M, aba magandang museum yan pwedeng mag practice ng boksing dyan oras na ma-coma si Manny Boy…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SOTKFK6WBET3JHIHFOMMYKGGQ Kirk

    Ang dami dami kaseng mga kalokohan ni Manny. Meron nang Congressman, Singing, Acting, Babae, Sabong, Church Ambasador. Manny Hindi na cool yan. Tapos pag close fight eh marami kang kesyo ganito ganyan etc. Abay Malaki naman Kita mo sa Boxing dapat lang na ayusin mo Idol. Ang daming paraan para tulungan ang mga taong bayan hindi mo nga kailangan ang pagiging Congressman eh.  Kung kumita ka ng 30M $ abay pwede pang negosyo ang 20M$ makakatulong kapa.

    • Anonymous

      pero bro, pera kasi ni manny yan. wala tayong pakialam dun. pinaghirapan nya yan simula’t sapul at siya naman yun nabubugbog at hindi tayo :) 

    • mark sahaoman

      Manny knows.. hehe.. anu pakialam mo.. eh di mag boksing ka rin para kumita ka rin ng milyon di ba?

  • Anonymous

    this will not be as  good as the floyd-cotto fight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SOTKFK6WBET3JHIHFOMMYKGGQ Kirk

    After the fight: Manny Pacquiao 55 won (39 KO) 3 LOST and 2 Draw
    Timothy Bradley 28 won (12 KO) 1 LOST

  • Anonymous

    Until Pacquiao fights Mayweather, there are plenty of better things to do on a Sunday.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

      Should be the other way around my friend…until floydie fights manny there are plenty of better things to do on a sunday.

  • Anonymous

    This another Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum robbing and fooling Pacquiao’s fans to make it look like it’s a worthy fight. It’s about making money, Manny Pacquiao is becoming a partner of Bob Arum’s greedy plan to make more money.  Pacquiao is the greatest Boxer we ever seen, better than Mohamad Ali. but he’s letting himself be used to make more money. He needs to retire now !

    • Anonymous

      fighters fight for money, that’s what being a pro is about. nothing wrong with that. e kung ayaw nga lumaban ni mayweather e ano gagawin niya? alangan naman kukuyakoy na lang siya hanggang pumayag si gayweather, e the clock is ticking, hanggang 1 or 2 years na lang siguro ang prime niya so it’s smart of him to maximize his profits di ba?



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