By Butch Gottlieb/boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz spoke to the press Thursday about Saturday’s big rematch.
Freddie Roach: I haven’t seen Manny train this hard in many years. He was very upset by what Bradley said about Manny not having the drive or desire any longer. That woke him up more then anything that I could say.
Manny is bothered by an opponent’s mobility but he will do his job. Bradley claimed that his feet were bleeding but he didn’t seem to slow down at all. Manny has fought with bloody feet before but we ended up with a sock deal so what the hell. We have worked on cutting off the ring and Manny closes the distance better then any fighter in the world.
As far as a knockout goes, if it comes it comes but we are not going looking for it. Bradley is a very dangerous opponent but anyone can get knocked out at any time. I had 150 amateur fights and 27 pro fights before I ever tasted the canvas so I thought I was invincible. Then reality set in.
Joel Diaz: Bradley was very depressed after the first fight because of what people were saying and he actually ballooned up to over 180 pounds. But he is very motivated for this fight because he wants to prove that the first fight was no fluke. He beat a very tough Ruslan Provodnikov after that fight and beat a very experienced Juan Manuel Marquez, who just knocked out Pacquiao. He actually had to move to protect his family because of all the threats.
Like Manny, we had a great training camp and we are in great shape and we are just looking to put on a good show for the fans.