source: Vitali Shaposhnikov | Diamond Boxing
“I know his weaknesses, his favorite combinations. In my mind, I’m definitely going to win. I’ll take it to this guy,” said Timothy Bradley when talking about his biggest fight yet against Manny Pacquiao.
“It wasn’t so much that Marquez exposed Pacquiao, as much as he is not as spectacular. Look, Marquez had Pacquiao’s number, and Marquez is 38 and past his prime. Here they were making excuses after Ariza had said before Marquez that even God himself couldn’t beat Pacquiao,” continued Bradley.
This is a very good sign, a sign that Bradley is confident and is ready to go to war. The question is, is Bradley thinking right?
Calling Marquez old is fair in the sport of boxing, and even calling him past his prime is probably reasonable. But what makes Bradley so sure that he is better than Marquez? Bradley is far behind when it comes to experience and ring I.Q. when compared to Marquez. Juan may be older, but his stamina and all other physical attributes seem to be top notch. To be perfectly honest, when Marquez fought Pacquiao even for the first time, there was a good reason to expect real warfare between the two, but what does Bradley offer in their upcoming bout? Sure he is unbeaten, but what else? He walks in, and likes to fight toe to toe. For Pacquiao, a monster when it comes to power, this is a dream come true.
Maybe he has noticed some mistakes and weaknesses in Manny Pacquiao, but we can’t assume that he is the only one that has gotten those thoughts out of all of Pacquiao’s former foes. Freddie Roach is a tremendous trainer, and he strategizes no less if not more than any other boxing coach on this planet.
“I’m younger, stronger and faster than Marquez,” said Bradley in the same interview. Is Bradley younger? Yes, he sure is. Is he stronger and faster than Pacquiao? Mr. Bradley, please don’t count on those things to win your fight.
I like Timothy and enjoy watching him go to work in the ring. He is certainly confident and excited to finally face Manny Pacquiao. The reward for winning this fight would be life changing for Timothy, thus I recommend he hold the statements for until after the fight is over.