Marvin Somodio, Freddie Roach’s assistant trainer said that psychological battle would play an important role in the outcome of the third fight between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.
“It is not going to be the usual blow by blow style. It’s a surprise if there’s a slugfest,” Somodio, Roach’s trusted trainer at the Wildcard Gym since 2012, told The Manila Times via overseas call on Tuesday. “The third fight will be more of mental toughness and psychological strategy between the two fighters.”
“If anyone blinks, he loses. It is going to be a battle of brains aside from being the usual physical fight, just like a chess game,” he added. “I’m very, very confident our Manny [Pacquiao] will come out victorious in this third bout though.”
Somodio said that Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) would most likely use the same blueprint, which they used when they won over Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts) in their second match in April 2014 at the same venue.
“There is a little new adjustment and strategy maybe but it is still going to be same game plan. Despite hiring a new trainer, Timothy Bradley remains to be the fighter he is. It is going to be tough if ever he tries something new inside the ring if it isn’t his styles,” he said.
Bradley last year hired Teddy Atlas as replacement to his former trainer Joel Diaz. Atlas coached the Palm Spring, California native to win over Jessie Vargas (unanimous decision) in June 2015 and Brandon Rios (technical knockout) in November 2015.
“But we are not counting those things out. Manny is ready to what Bradley will bring out in the fight. It is not that much complicated like the Floyd Mayweather [Jr.] last year, although Manny will remain very cautious.”
Somodio, however, is still hopeful that Pacquiao would score a knockout victory though Pacquiao’s last technical knockout win was over Miguel Cotto in November 2009.
Bradley won his first fight against Pacquiao via split decision in 2012, but the Filipino bounced back in 2014 scoring a unanimous victory against Bradley.
“It [knockout win]will come. If ever Manny finds a good opening or good timing, he is going to score a knockout. There is no durable jaw if ever Manny lands a strong punch on Bradley,” said Somodio. “I’m hoping for a knockout since Manny’s left and right arms are getting better.”
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