Bradley now oozing with confidenceBy Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
HOLLYWOOD—Either it’s a promotional ploy or Timothy Bradley really feels he’s the guy to prick Manny Pacquiao’s bubble.
Brimming with confidence, Bradley brought custom-designed posters and media credentials in his open workout Tuesday (Wednesday morning in Manila) at the Fortune Gym here.
Conspicuous was the notice: Bradley-Pacquiao 2 Nov. 10.
With Pacquiao and Bradley still to clash on June 9, the poster insinuates that the flamboyant American is going to beat the Filipino icon, which would lead to the rematch on Nov. 10 as stipulated in Pacquiao’s fight contract.
The poster also announced that tickets for the supposed rematch will be up for sale on June 10.
Timid in the early build-up to the pay-per-view fight, Bradley has taken the offensive in press releases lately, claiming that he’s in the best shape of his life and ready to dislodge Pacquiao from his lofty perch in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Bradley, who admitted the presence of cameras pumps him up, went as far as boasting that he’s going to “destroy” Pacquiao.
Though he refused to predict a knockout victory, Bradley said all he’s certain of is he’d eventually emerge the winner over Pacquiao by playing it smart.
Even Joel Diaz, Bradley’s chief trainer, is becoming bolder in his pronouncements.
Diaz told BoxingScene.com that his ward “will be better than he was for the (Carlos) Abregu fight, which Bradley won by unanimous decision at 147 pounds in July 17, 2010.
According to Diaz, he’d given premium on keeping Bradley’s speed, the way he moves and maneuvers at 140 pounds; because he feels it will be crucial in deciding the outcome of his fight against Pacquiao.