MANNY Pacquiao just laughed off Timothy Bradley’s ritual of not taking a shower one week before a fight. The two boxers are set to clash for the second time with Bradley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight belt on the line on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. Pacquiao, 35, aims to avenge his controversial split decision loss to Bradley in June 2012.
Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz said that the Filipino boxing legend is not bothered by the unbeaten American’s unusual practice.
“It’s just like Manny’s Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez’s ritual of drinking his own urine before he fights,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview from General Santos on Friday. “It’s all superstitious and nothing.”
Bradley (31-0 win-loss record with 12 knockouts) revealed in a recent interview his unique pre-fight practice, “I don’t know why, that’s one thing I don’t do [taking a shower],” Bradley told ABS CBN News North America. “The week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, I don’t take a shower. Saturday, that’s when I take a shower for the first time.”
When interviewed by ABS CBN news on the matter, Pacquiao (55-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) just replied: “I have no any comment on that, but you need to take a bath to avoid a stinky smell.”
Koncz also said that team Pacquiao is set to fly to the United States today for the next phase of PacMan’s training at the Wild Card gym of coach Freddie Roach who celebrated his 54th birthday on March 5.
“We’re hoping to see a different outcome in the fight since we’re seeing the aggressive Pacquiao,” Koncz said. “He is also set to meet new different sparring partners there.”
Pacquiao has so far sparred with unbeaten Lydell Rhodes and looks forward to working with additional spar mates Steve Forbes, Kendall Holt and Mexican Speedy Gonzales.