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Joel Diaz: Bradley Had No Game Plan, Looked Lost and Confused

By Radio Rahim

Veteran coach Joel Diaz was far from satisfied with Tim Bradley's performance against Manny Pacquiao last month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Diaz had trained Bradley for nearly his entire career. Last September, the boxing world was stunned when they parted ways. Some insiders were even more stunned when Bradley named Teddy Atlas as his new head trainer. Atlas, who was basically retired from training fighters, is best known for his work with several world champions at heavyweight.

Bradley had his first fight with Atlas in November, when he knocked out Brandon Rios in nine rounds. The impressive victory was smeared, because Rios was out of shape, struggled to make weight and his training camp was lackluster by his own admission.

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Atlas and Bradley had their second fight together last month. Bradley faced Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao for a third time. Bradley won a controversial twelve round decision the first time around in 2012 and then lost the rematch in 2014.

The third fight was believed to be Bradley's best opportunity to get the win - with Pacquiao announcing prior to the bout that he was retiring from the sport to pursue a full-time career in politics.

Pacquiao dominated most of the fight and had Bradley on the floor on two occasions. 

"There is nobody that knows Bradley as well as I do. Teddy Atlas could do as much as he wanted, but if there was an opportunity for Bradley to beat Pacquiao - it was this time," Diaz said.

"The game plan? There was no game plan. I saw him...he looked overtrained. He looked lost. He looked confused. And I feel bad for him, because I was with him for so long. I feel like I had my hands tied behind my back and I could have done something for him."

"But hey, it is what it is. We've moved on. I have other fighters. I have a great stable. And we move on. Sometimes we make right decisions and sometimes we make wrong decisions."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jvsnypes on 05-28-2016

[QUOTE=Liondw;16744495]It's kind of eye opening that, with Atlas as his trainer, Bradley did even worse than when he was with Diaz, against Pacquiao. He didn't get knocked down in those first two fights, and now he got knocked down twice.…

Comment by jvsnypes on 05-28-2016

[QUOTE=revelated;16745365]It's no point trying to reason with people. I gave Bradley 5 rounds. Had the KD been properly ruled, it would have been a draw. It was close. People are biased because of the KDs doe[/QUOTE] I totally agree. The…

Comment by jvsnypes on 05-28-2016

[QUOTE=WSSD;16744241]a lot has to do with what pac was doing too. everyone likes to just say "if" bradley would of done this or that. there's a reason why he wasnt able to do any of that![/QUOTE] That's true, but if…

Comment by Manic Shot on 05-27-2016

Fact: Manny beats Bradley 3X. Bradley vs Khan....

Comment by revelated on 05-27-2016

[QUOTE=mathed;16744395]They cheated him bigtime. The one KD was a slip and they tried to give every round to Pac. HBO commentary was very biased, the fight was close....5-7 plus the 2 KD's, 1 of which was BS. Diaz is just…

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