Freddie Roach’s Filipino assistant trainer Marvin Somodio believes that the newly-improved punching power of Timothy Bradley remain ‘tricky’ as of this time.
Somodio is currently assisting Roach at the Wildcard gym in preparing Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) for his third bout against the 32-year-old Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knock¬outs) on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.
“Since Bradley’s technical knockout victory against Brandon Rios last year, we just cannot size up how strong his punches are,” Somodio told The Manila Times during overseas call on Sunday (Saturday in US). “Rios wasn’t in good condition because he was struggling to reach his weight class.”
Rios (33-3-1 record with 24 knockouts) suffered a 10th round technical knockout loss to the American Bradley last November at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, USA. After that bout, Rios, 29, decided to hang gloves.
“He (Bradley) scored a knockout because Rios was very weak that time,” he added. “But we cannot set it aside that he improves really well. Bradley is also doing his best in training that’s why Manny is also working very hard.”
Pacquiao also beat Rios last November 2013 via majority decision in his comeback bout in Macau, China.
Somodio also cited Bradley’s bout against Jessie Vargas last June 2015, before Rios. “He (Bradley) almost suffered a knockout in the last round, but he still managed to escape with a unanimous win. In that fight, Bradley’s style remained the same.”
Before flying to US last week, Pacquiao engaged to eight-round of sparring with American Lydell Rhodes and Congolese Ghislain Maduma in General Santos. In his latest sparring session at the Wildcard Gym, Pacquiao went 10 rounds and the result was astonishing.
“It is still the same Pacquiao, who is fast, furious and strong. Nothing changes,” said the soft-spoken Somodio. “The powers on both shoulders remain despite he is coming off a surgical operation on his right rotator cuff last May. He did not complaint of any pain.”
Somodio also said that Bradley fought poorly in the first fight but managed to win via split decision, but he improved in the second fight because he was too aggressive. He lost to Pacquiao though in the second bout.
“For me, Manny will still dominate Bradley in their third fight but I don’t have any idea if it’s going to be a knockout win,” said Somodio, who joined Roach at the Wildcard gym in 2012. “But if you’ll ask me about Bradley’s style, it is going to be the same Bradley at all. He is too old to change his style.
“We cannot expect if he’s going to fight aggressively or box defensively, which he usually does.”