Freddie Roach: “Timothy Bradley is a Dirty Fighter”


Freddie Roach is wary of what Timothy Bradley can inflict on his ward Manny Pacquiao.

Roach has called the undefeated WBO Light Welterweight Champion a “dirty fighter” and a “loud mouth.”

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Said the esteemed trainer,

“Timothy Bradley uses his head a lot. He tends to lead in his his head, then he’ll stick his head to your chest and lift his head up.”

Bradley tends to charge in with his punches and crouch very low at times. This has caused head butts. Intentional or not, it has favored Bradley in his last few fights especially against Devon Alexander when the fight was stopped in the 10th round due to one. When the decision went to the scorecards, all three judges gave it to Bradley. He unified the WBO and WBC Light Welterweight titles as a result.

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Roach has a technique on how to manage this dirty tactic in Pacquiao’s training.

His instruction,

“Pop him with a jab or a  hook every single time he comes in. Don’t ever stay in front of him.”

Another tactic Pacquiao will use to avert a clash of heads is by holding on to Bradley’s nape if ever he is able to cut the distance.

“If you pull his head down, that’s illegal. But if you just hold on to his nape to protect yourself, the referee will let that slide.”

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Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley will be held on June 9, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

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