The confidence is running high for Team Bradley ahead of their rematch showdown with Manny Pacquiao and for good reason. Manny Pacquiao has not looked like the same fighter since their first encounter even as he shutout Brandon Rios last November. Bradley on the other hand has had his stock value move in a positive direction as he went to war with Ruslan Provodnikov and eked out a decision. He followed up that performance by out pointed Juan Manuel Marquez in 2013. Out of he 4 pay-per-views in the next 4 months, by odds makers lines, it is the closest fight of the 4. Still, trainer Joel Diaz says not many are giving Bradley a shot.
“Let me tell you something. In every single fight that we do media things, it annoys me that I look at the guy’s faces that we do interviews with, I’m as confident as ever that Tim Bradley will win this fight. They look at me like I’m crazy and I know most doubt me but I’m going to guarantee you on this and the way he’s hitting right now, we’re going to win this fight. I’m going to come to Vegas walking tall because we have all the confidence in the world,” Diaz told ThaBoxingVoice.com
Team Bradley feels that they won the 1st fight regardless of how the public perceived the scorecards and feel had Bradley not injured his feet, the decision would be more decisive. For that reason, Diaz feels they are extremely confident in victory.
“Confidence isn’t only the main thing, its preparation and determination,” stated Diaz. “He wants to keep working. Tim tells me ‘This guy cannot outsmart me or out punch me. After the second round I told myself this is the best in the world? I guarantee you if I would have had my feet 100%, I’d have beat him more decisively. The only way he’s going to beat me is if he puts me to sleep and he’s not going to do it.”
While it has been said that Manny Pacquiao was less aggressive in his last fight, Diaz feels that they aren’t expecting a different Pacquiao. They are expecting the same old Pacquiao that wants to be aggressive and take chances. That’s where Team Bradley feels they will capitalize.
“Pacquiao’s definitely not going to change. He’s going to run into problems. He’s not going to change; he’s going to be the same. He throws punches in bunches when you’re standing in front of him. Tim isn’t going to stand in front of him, Tim’s going to hurt him inside. Pacquiao’s going to have problems. I won’t be surprised if Tim hurts him. Tim is hitting extremely hard, conserving his punches and landing extremely effective punches. Tim’s going to make history.”
But even if they have all the confidence in the world, if it comes down to the cards in a close fight, Diaz feels they won’t get the nod. He feels that sentiment because of the controvery in the fight fight abd because Manny Pacquiao is big business where a loss loss might hurt the brand that is Pacquiao.
““We have to be very decisive. We have to make it very decisive and I’ll tell you straight out, if we go the distance and its close we’re not going to win. Manny Pacquiao is still the cash cow and there are fights aside from Bradley that the promoters can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Unfortunately Tim Bradley doesn’t have that draw. If it’s close we’re not going to win. We have to win rounds and the fight very decisively.”
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