By Keith Idec
Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach smiled as Timothy Bradley held up a gigantic, fake ticket Wednesday for a rematch Bradley predicts will need to be scheduled for Nov. 10 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Neither Bradley’s bold prediction nor anything else the undefeated junior welterweight champion said or did during their final press conference bothered Roach or Pacquiao. The Filipino superstar shook hands with Bradley, joked about Bradley calling his training camp “hell” and was his usual jovial self throughout the event.
“I just wonder how much money they wasted on those tickets,” Roach told Toprank.com after the press conference, during which Bradley gave the fake front-row ticket to his wife, Monica. “It’s foolish. His mean look at Manny, like all his like drama, we’re going to kick his ass.”
Roach also dismissed comments made by Joel Diaz, Bradley’s trainer, during the buildup toward their 12-round fight Saturday night for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title (HBO Pay-Per-View; $54.95; 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT). Diaz has said Roach, who’ll be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday in Canastota, N.Y., “got lucky” when he started training Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs).
“Well, did he get lucky with meeting Timothy Bradley?,” Roach said. “I guess so. That’s the way it goes. Manny had one world title when we got together. Now he has eight. I had 31 world champions. I’m not worried about [Diaz], no.”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.