Roach: Pacquiao Wants To Prove That He's Not Done

When Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Saturday, he will come under much closer scrutiny than usual as he attempts to prove he is still at the height of his powers.

Though Pacquiao has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions to cement his status as the best pound-for-pound boxer, he delivered one of the least impressive performances of his career in his most recent fight.

The Filipino southpaw narrowly retained his WBO welterweight title with a controversial majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in November after his preparations had been hampered by various distractions, including marital difficulties.

Pacquiao has since patched up his relationship with his wife Jinkee and become a much more disciplined boxer after replacing his former pastimes of cockfighting, gambling and nightclubbing with increased bible study and family time.

"No more gambling, no more drinking," the 33-year-old Pacquiao said. "I just want to focus on my career, focus on praying and follow the commandments of God."

Asked what had gone wrong for him against the experienced Mexican Marquez, Pacquiao replied: "Not all the time I am going to win with a good fight. Sometimes a fight comes where I will win after a hard time, and that time was in the last fight.

He then added: "I was in 100 percent physical condition for that fight but I did have some family issues that I had to deal with. I also underestimated him."

Pacquiao's respected trainer, Freddie Roach, has no doubt that his fighter, who has been installed by Vegas bookmakers as a 4-1 favorite, will be back to his best with a disciplined display against Bradley.

"I am very happy with Manny's focus," the bespectacled Roach said. "His focus is the best I have ever seen. Manny has got rid of a lot of distractions in his life and he has some new distractions that are a lot better than the old ones."

While Roach respects the muscular Bradley, he is not banking on the American going the full distance against Pacquiao who has a career record of 54-3-2 with 38 knockouts.

"Bradley comes forward and is very aggressive," said Roach. "He is a well-conditioned athlete and we know we are in for a tough fight. I don't think we have fought anybody that muscular.

"But I think he will be overwhelmed by Manny's speed and power. It's going to be a great fight as long as it lasts. Manny wants to prove he's not all done like some people say."

Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting for only his second time at 147 pounds but he firmly believes he has a much greater incentive than his opponent.

"I'm going to put it all on the line on Saturday," said Bradley, who won his first world title at light-welterweight by defeating Britain's Junior Witter in 2008. "This is not his biggest fight, it's my biggest fight. It's all or nothing."

The eloquent and eminently likeable Bradley was clear-cut about his best strategy against Pacquiao.

"I know that I've got to stay tight, I've got to stay behind a good jab and I've got to keep moving," he said. "I've got to have great defense and I've got to counterpunch the hell out of this guy with combinations."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Reloaded on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=hugh grant;12224622]Are you happy they gave the decison to bradley and robbed pac now, so Floyd dont have to fight Pac? And to think youl was worried they would rob Bradley.[/QUOTE] Im spewing they robbed him , because the Floyd…

Comment by Leohappy on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;12216198][B][SIZE="7"]June 9th we will know!!!!![/SIZE][/B]:boxing:[/QUOTE] you allright bro? :lol1:

Comment by hugh grant on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=Reloaded;12224602]It was at 154 ya dumb ass , Manny wouldnt even fight the guy there , Floyd makes Pac look like a b grader , if thats not obvious now you got no idea what your looking at ![/QUOTE] Are…

Comment by Reloaded on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;12217913]Like he exposed Cotto every single round?[/QUOTE] It was at 154 ya dumb ass , Manny wouldnt even fight the guy there , Floyd makes Pac look like a b grader , if thats not obvious now you got no…

Comment by Weebler I on 06-10-2012

lol Tim, you didn't need to win any of them! :lol1:

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