Roach was reluctant to afford either Bradley or Atlas any credit for the former’s victory over Rios, because in Freddie’s opinion, Brandon was severely underprepared for the match-up in a fitness sense.
Roach said: “Look at the shape Rios was in against Bradley, compared to how he was when he fought Manny. I never expected Rios to come into a fight like he did against Bradley, with his belly hanging over his shorts. He was so out of shape in that fight. You can’t give Bradley or Teddy credit for that win, because they had nothing in front of them.”
As well as Rios, another common opponent that Pacquiao and Bradley share is Juan Manuel Marquez. Despite the fact that Bradley defeated Marquez just 10 months after the latter had vanquished Pacquiao, Roach believes that “JMM” represents a more difficult night’s work than Timothy.
“Marquez is a tougher challenge than Bradley,” Freddie asserted. “He’s a smarter fighter and more intelligent counter-puncher. He’s a difficult fighter to adjust to. Bradley’s a very durable and tough guy. He has a lot of heart, and he’s proven that more than once, but he’s not a power-puncher at all, plus he’s a little bit slow of foot. He’s never once hurt Manny over the course of their two previous fights.”
With the Pacquiao-Bradley rubber match just two days away, Roach is anticipating a similar fight to the first two encounters in terms of style, although he hopes the outcome will be more conclusive in favour of Manny this time around.