Pacquiao thinks Bradley is a dirty fighter and will run on June 9th
By Chris Williams: For some reason WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao thinks that WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will elect to run when they fight on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao sees the 28-year-old Bradley as a fighter that likes to fight dirty and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach believes the same thing.
Pacquiao told Philstar.com “He [Bradley] will run. He’s a dirty fighter.”
Well if Pacquiao and Roach think Bradley is so much of a dirty fighter then why didn’t they stand up on their hind legs and speak when promoter Bob Arum hand-picked Bradley? Is Pacquiao helpless? I know Roach doesn’t have a voice in any of this, as he’s just a trainer who gets Pacquiao ready for the victims that Arum sets up for Pacquiao.
But where was Roach before all of this? He should have been crying 24/7 to keep the fight from being made if he thought that Bradley was a dirty fighter. And the same goes for Pacquiao.
For the record, Bradley isn’t a dirty fighter and he’s certainly not a runner either. Maybe Bradley does clash heads with certain fighters that lean forward when he’s coming inside but he’s not someone that intentionally tries to crown his opponents with his head. Bradley also doesn’t throw low blows, elbows or push off on his opponents. He’s a pretty much clean fighter and if there is fouling, it’s always by accident.
As for Bradley running, I can’t think of one fight where Bradley ran, not one. Pacquiao needs to sit down and watch all 28 of Bradley’s fights before he comments on Bradley running because he’s never run before and he won’t start in the Pacquiao fight.
Bradley has a better inside game than Pacquiao by far and if he can take him to the inside, get him bleeding around the eyes, nose and lips, Bradley can win this fight. Pacquiao can’t fight worth a lick once he’s bleeding and that’s the key in this fight.
Bradley needs to get the blood flowing on the Filipino star and then rough him up and take advantage of his aging legs. It might help Bradley to use a little bit of movement because Pacquiao’s old legs will cramp up on him early if Bradley even uses a little movement. Once Pacquiao’s legs cramp up, he’ll be a sitting duck. Bradley can then do whatever he wants to do with the Top Rank star.