Manny Pacquiao, in his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley, doesn’t want the bout to go to the judges.
Pacquiao’s management said that he wants to avoid being part of another controversial decision that handed Bradley a win in their last fight–one that many believed Pacquiao won.
“Our objective is to knock Bradley out in the early rounds during the fight to avoid another controversial decision,” Pacquiao’s assistant coach and trainer Buboy Fernandez told The Inquirer Wednesday.
Pacquaio and his team are attempting to find ways to cut off Bradley inside the ring when they face off in April, he said.
“He (Bradley) loves to run. He doesn’t want to engage as what we saw during their first encounter. We keep on reviewing tapes of his fights with Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov to be able to devise a strategy,” Fernandez added.
And Pacquaio has vowed to be more aggressive against Bradley next time around.
The report comes as Bob Arum, the promoter for Pacquaio, said that Floyd Mayweather is treating U.K. boxer Amir Khan with disrespect. He said Mayweather’s actions are “a disgrace,” saying he believes Mayweather will fight Marcos Maidana rather than Khan. There were reports indicating a Mayweather-Khan in recent weeks.
“What he has done to Amir Khan is absolutely disgraceful, whether he ends up fighting him, or he doesn’t,” Arum told the Daily Telegraph. “My feeling is he is not going to fight him, but it’s disgraceful to do that to another human being because you are in a position to do that. Just because he has the power where you can do something like that.”
AP update: Pacquiao, Bradley face enhanced testing in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada boxing regulators say Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be subject to stepped-up drug and hormone testing before their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas.
Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said Friday the two welterweights will face unannounced pre-fight testing handled by collectors certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Plans call for samples to undergo isotope-ratio mass spectrometry to detect exogenous testosterone from outside the body.
Aguilar called enhanced pre-fight testing a new normal for boxing and mixed martial-arts.
He credited Top Rank promoter Bob Arum with supporting the testing protocol.
Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) and Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will be fighting for the WBO 147-pound title at the MGM Grand Garden arena.
Bradley won a controversial split decision over Pacquiao in June 2012 in Las Vegas.