Pacquiao to use Hoya ploy against Bradley


MANNY Pacquiao has started strategizing so he could punch through Timothy Bradley’s defenses when they tangle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The Filipino eight-division world champion said he intends to apply the same tactics and techniques he used in stopping Hall of Fame-bound Oscar De La Hoya after eight lopsided rounds on Dec. 6, 2008.

In that career-defining fight, Pacquiao used lateral movements, went in and out, side to side, and exploited awkward angles to confound De La Hoya, who was 1/2 inches taller at 5-foot-10, and eventually force the former Olympic and six-division champion to quit on his stool.

Bradley, at 5-6, is half an inch shorter than Pacquiao and five years younger at 28. And even though he’s the WBO light welterweight king, the American walks around at 160 pounds.

The unbeaten Bradley (28-0 with 12 knockouts), notorious for his head-first lunges, is no plodder.

Bradley’s broad body

Though familiar with Bradley’s antics, Pacquiao said he may still engage him at short range and attack his foe’s broad body to break him down.

Pacquiao revealed his fight plan to broadcaster Snow Badua of Teleradyo Sports last Friday, more than two weeks away from the official start of his Baguio City training camp on April 16.

Heeding trainer Freddie Roach’s advice of a longer training period in the United States, Pacquiao said his Baguio camp will end on May 5.

Team Pacquiao then heads to Los Angeles a day or two later for the final phase of his training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

To prepare for the tough grind ahead— Roach is arriving in the country on April 15—Pacquiao has been jogging in the early morning at Brentville International in Mamplasan, Laguna.

The ring superstar also did sprints, limbering exercises and light training when he visited his constituents in Sarangani province.

Pacquiao is coming off an unimpressive majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez last November and admittedly wants a better performance against Bradley.

Though he has been installed a heavy favorite by Las Vegas oddsmakers, Pacquiao said he is not taking the American lightly.

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  • Dionisio

    para ko nang nakikita ang mga YELLOW RIBBON pupusta kay BRADLEY he he he lalo na ang mga TONGRESSMAN na nasa MAJORITY BLOCK.. ilan na naman kayang MAEEPAL nating POLITIKO ang pupunta sa USA para sa laban na ito????????????

    • wacks

      kaunti na lng kabayan., kc d na si Gloria ang nakaupo

  • alfredo

    naka focus na naman ang BIR kay Pacquiao nyan.. hahaha 

  • marriondale

    Just hyping the fight.  This is not to belittle bradley, but he had a hard time winning against former champion joel casamayor in his last fight.  Casamayor simply utilized his height advantage against bradley to stall bradley.  I know that it was just a tune up fight for bradley after he signed with top rank and casamayor is expected not to win that fight to make bradley more popular as a boxer.  Bradley might be fast but he lacks power and I don’t know if he can continue with his game plan if he begins feeling pacman’s punches.  Overall, bradley has a good defense as he is fast enough to duck everytime he punches to avoid a counterpunch.  But this is not enough to win the fight especially since he is the challenger. 


    MARAMI ang uma-asa na manalo sana si PAQ.  Malaking probability na mangyayari yon.  PERO, parating nakasingit at sumusungaw ang pagkakataon ng kabila na, kahit na maliit ang probabilty na mangyari, ay maaari ding mangyari.  Sa maikling salita, HINDI dapat nagsisiguro si PAQ na kanya na naman ang laban na ito.  Marunong din magdasal si Bradley at……walang kaso si Bradley sa IRS.

  • Pepe Smith

    Roy Luarca, the writer I thinks needs his numbers corrected. If De La Hoya, at 5 foot 10 inches is 1/2 inches taller than Pacman, then our idol should be 5 feet 9 and 1/2 inches tall. Then He says that Bradley, at 5 foot 6 inches, is half inch shorter than Pacquiao! Luarca and Inquirer, something has gotta be done here. I hate reading an unaccurate article coming from a supposedly brilliant writer from my favorite news source. 

  • RS

    parang kelan lang, a young, 25 year old, unheralded manny pacquiao, faced the superstar and legendary marco antonio barrera.  nobody expected manny to dominate the Mexican legend, but he did, and it marked the start of Manny’s illustrious run of victories, making him a legend himself.   
    Sana naman, history won’t turn the tables on Manny. I hope that Manny bows out from the sport while he’s still in much revered and respected.  Unlike his fellow ring warrior, the once great Eric Morales. 

  • adrenalyn_high2011

    @MG do you belief that Pacquiao is really revealing his fight tactics to Bradley? NO way…he’s bluffing…he is just psyching him out…he is cooking up something…Bradley is known for his dirty head butting (one of Pacman’s weaknesses; in the past, we saw him sustained cuts caused by head butting)

    • Pepe Smith

      He will lose his next fight because he will be more concentrated on how to evade the government’s  tax complaint against him. How revealing, that those who are suppose to be our idols are those that are taking advantage of the people working in the government. He is and will always be my idol, but if I’m paying my taxes as computed by the BIR, he should not be given a preferential treatment by the BIR etither. Pay up, Pacqui, otherwise, go away and be a citizen where you earn your money.

  • mikerocky

    If you will not overwhelm Bradley with your technique and courage, better to try preaching instead Manny cause it will be an indication that your long and wonderful boxing career is done and others will sprout from it. Good Luck!

  • MG

    Manny bakit mo sinasabi ang strategy mo ngayon pa lang. Parang hindi tama yata. Sige magensayo ka ng husto at wag mo pansinin ang BIR. Todo ensayo para ayos ang panalo.

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