MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is expecting to face the best version of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao when they fight on June 9, even as the Filipino boxer is dealing with various issues outside the ring.
Pacquiao was charged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue after failing to submit several documents to the agency, and is also being investigated for allegedly housing a fugitive.
Bradley told RingTV that he does not expect the distractions to have an impact on Pacquiao once they get inside the ring.
"I really don't pay attention to it, but I don't think that it's going to have any kind of effect on our fight, whatever he's going through," Bradley said.
"It won't affect his performance. I think that he'll be full-fledged ready and there won’t be any distractions. He'll be ready to face me," he added.
Bradley said he does not know much about the issues hounding Pacquiao, preferring instead to “tend to my own business.”
"I'll probably do about 10 weeks for the training camp, starting in April, but I'm already in great shape because I stay in training. I work out regularly about 5 days a week," he added.
Bradley is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout victory against Joel Casamayor, whom he fought in the undercard of Pacquiao’s trilogy bout against Juan Manuel Marquez last November.
Although he is undefeated through 28 fights, Bradley is not very well-known among casual boxing fans and his fight against Pacquiao will be the most high-profile match of his career.
"Yes, this is the biggest fight of my life, but this is just like ever other fight that I have ever had," he said.
"I'm fighting one of the best in the world. I'm not caught up in all of the hype. It's my job to go out there and do what I need to do, and that's to dominate... I'm going to get in there and I’m going to dominate," Bradley added.