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Fighting Pacquiao is like death sentence—Bradley

By: - Editor / @RLuarcaINQ
/ 02:09 AM April 03, 2016

TIMOTHY Bradley with trainer Teddy Atlas in Palm Springs, California: The thought of fighting Manny Pacquiao consumes him.   ROY LUARCA

TIMOTHY Bradley with trainer Teddy Atlas in Palm Springs, California: The thought of fighting Manny Pacquiao consumes him. ROY LUARCA

PALM SPRINGS—Fighting Manny Pacquiao is like a death sentence.

That’s how Tim Bradley feels as his third showdown with Pacquiao nears.


“It consumes you as you don’t know what will happen,” Bradley said while limbering up in the ring of his gym here.


“It will be on your conscience. You can’t enjoy until that day happens. It’s pain, agony.”

Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bradley, of course, knows that beating Pacquiao won’t be easy.

The five-time champion admits he needs to be flawless in executing what he and trainer Teddy Atlas have been doing in training to exact vengeance on his 2014 tormentor.

READ: Bradley won’t rush vs Pacquiao, says trainer Atlas

“I can’t make mistakes against this guy,” said Bradley. “But if I listen to Teddy, do what he exactly told me, there’s no problem.”


READ: Bradley admits he has no room for error vs Pacquiao

According to Bradley, he’s ready to engage Pacquiao in whatever type of battle the Filipino champ will choose to bring to the ring on fight night.

“We’re ready for it. We’re ready for wherever we have to be. Enclosed in a phone booth, suitcase or a cubicle,” Bradley said.

As much as possible, however, Bradley wouldn’t want to be caught in such close combat because “if you’re close with Manny, he has that terrible habit of filling that space.”

To counter Pacquiao’s perceived edge in speed and power, Bradley said he needed to box smart and be at his optimum form.  To attain it and stun Pacquiao, Bradley is following what Atlas is espousing.  He’s taking care of his body, preserving his strength and using his gifts.

Bradley said he was no longer pushing himself to exhaustion in training, just doing it right.

For example, he no longer runs a lot, with 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) the farthest he’d gone in this camp.

The mental stress, however, will remain until the final bell has rung.

Only then can Bradley be very happy—or very sad. TVJ



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