source: Camille B. Naredo | ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao will not underestimate unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr., who he is set to face on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Speaking on ANC's "Headstart," Pacquiao admitted that he underestimated his previous opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and vowed not to do the same against Bradley.
"Undefeated s'ya at champion s'ya," Pacquiao said of Bradley. "Magaling din ito."
"Hindi natin pwedeng i-underestimate. You need to train hard for this fight, kailangan mag-focus at i-study 'yung style ni Bradley," he added.
Pacquiao said he underestimated Marquez in his previous fight, leading to a lackluster performance in their November 2011 meeting.
"On the last fight, hindi ko nagamit 'yung plyometric exercise. Sa isip ko, I'm underestimating Marquez, hindi s’ya malaki, kasing size ko lang s'ya... What we did in training camp was regular lang, ordinaryo lang," Pacquiao said.
The Filipino fighter struggled with Marquez’s counterpunching and footwork, but managed to win a majority decision. Many boxing observers questioned his victory, however.
"After nung fight, maraming nagdududa. Pinananood ko ng dalawang beses 'yung fight, binilang ko ang tama ng mga punches. Tiningnan ko ng paulit-ulit, at panalo ako," Pacquiao said.
Although he is confident that he won the fight, Pacquiao said he has learned his lesson about underestimating his opponents.
"Para sa akin, 'yung pag-underestimate ng kalaban ko, hindi ko na uulitin," he said.
Pacquiao will start training for his fight against Bradley on April.