Less than a month before Manny Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for the third time in Las Vegas, Nevada this coming April 9, things are heating up outside the boxing ring as Pacquiao’s camp arrived to train in Los Angeles.
The boxer and his entourage arrived in California and were mobbed by fans as well as various media outlets in LAX. Pacquiao is set to train for three more weeks in the famous Wild Card Gym before his supposed farewell bout.
“Our training in the Philippines was very good, before we left there we already sparred 10 rounds, but now I’m very excited to finish my training in Hollywood,” Pacquiao told TR Boxing as cited by Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s long time trainer, Freddie Roach, stood by his earlier statement saying that his fighter will emerge victorious against Bradley as the latter did not change significantly over the years.
“I don’t think there’s a new and improved Tim Bradley,” Roach told The L.A. Times, adding that the American fighter’s last opponent, Brandon Rios, was out of shape and his victory against him last November was anything but impressive.
“Fighters try to improve and change, but when they get hit, they revert to what they normally do best, so we’ll see in this fight. Bradley has been a good opponent for two fights. He’s there, he’s steady, but he’s facing a very tough guy,” the seven-time Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America further detailed.
Roach continues to be optimistic that Pacquiao will change his mind regarding the April 9<sup>th affair as his last pro-fight, but if it really will be, he currently likes their chances of the Filipino boxer going out with a bang.
Aside from Roach, other boxing industry pros like Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain are siding with Pacman against Bradley.
Yibada quoted Beristain’s interview with ESPN Deportes where he revealed that he thinks that the odds in the fight are in Pacquiao’s favor.
“No, I don’t think Bradley will have a greater opportunity [to win], because Bradley is the same [fighter] – with that stinking, fast and difficult style,” he said.
“In addition to being a good fighter, Pacquiao is a responsible fighter, professional. He is not going to walk away [from boxing] with a loss, so he chose Bradley. And Bradley is a good fighter but we all know who will win unless Bradley becomes a different fighter than what he has shown throughout his career.”
Beristain is Juan Manuel Marquez’s long time coach.