source: Richard V. Powell | Fight Saga
The moment he signed to face the Filipino slugger, Tim Bradley has been on a mission. His strategy is simple: To plan his work and work his plan. Bradley attests he will be prepared to react accordingly and ultimately twart any offensive Manny Pacquiao unleashes.
So will Bradley be content to let Pacquiao take the lead and become the aggressor?
"If he wants to war, I'll box him, If he wants to box, I'll take it to his a** (pursue), said Bradley."
According to the undefeated Californian, he will be content to allow Pacquiao to choose how he loses whether via boxing, brawling or counter-punching. A self-described chameleon in the ring, Tim Bradley is known for his ability to effortlessly and effectively change from one style to an another, often putting his opponent in 'checkmate' as a result.
"If he wants to bang, you already know I'm gonna box him. If he's gonna lay back, you know I'm gonna go to him..."
"Whatever he wants to do, I'm gonna know from the first round."
"I know he's not afraid of my skill set but everyone is going to see on June 9th I bring a lot to the table. I already know what to do, it's in my head already. I've watched all the Manny Pacquiao tapes and am already dialed in."
"I can be aggressive or I can box - I'll probably do a little bit of both."
Pushing his body to the limit to achieve maximum strength and conditioning is nothing new to Tim but he knows being in prime condition won't be enough to take defeat Manny Pacquiao and insists he has a strategy to diffuse whatever Manny throws his way.
"Whatever he tries to do... that's how I'm gonna react."
Early in his bout with Lamont Peterson in December 2009, Peterson tried to assert himself as the aggressor but Bradley made the appropriate technical adjustments and became the aggressor himself soon thereafter. He punished Peterson with hard right hands, hurting Lamont in each of the first two rounds and before sending him to the canvas in the third. When Peterson attempted to launch a heavy body attack, Bradley switched from a conventional stance to southpaw and effectively outboxed the 5'9" Peterson from angles as he peppered Lamont with his right jab and unloaded quick combinations while effectively popping in and out of harm's way.
"It just depends on what he brings man, that's how I make my adjustments."
As a result of his superb conditioning, Bradley was still in overdrive in the latter rounds while Peterson seemed to run out of gas going into the homestretch. Tim would cruise to a wide and unanimous decision victory.
Will Manny Pacquiao face the same fate as Lamont Peterson?
"If he's really busy, you can expect me to be real busy."
Tim Bradley insists Manny Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, will have no answer for his technical adjustments, speed and conditioning. Bradley believes he'll make his statement early and plans to frustrate Pacquiao from the onset. As a result of his ability to adapt to opponents' styles, Bradley predicts the bout will eventually turn into a chess match with him putting Pacquiao in 'check' with every new offensive Manny implements.
"Roach better have a Plan B and a Plan C, man, because Plan A ain't going to be enough," uttered Bradley.
"Whatever he tries to do, I've got something for him."
Will Pacquiao vs Bradley be the second rendition of Bradley vs Peterson?
Tim Bradley strongly asserts that Pacquiao, like Peterson, will become frustrated, befuddled and desperate when he finds that Bradley has an answer for every attack in the Pacquiao-Roach playbook.