Pacquiao need not change boxing style – Villamor

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Manny Pacquiao mingles with boxing fans and members of the press at the Wild Card Gym. AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao mingles with boxing fans and members of the press at the Wild Card Gym. AFP FILE PHOTO

Local boxing trainer Edmund Villamor of ALA Gym said Manny Pacquiao need not change his fighting style in his rematch against World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on April 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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“Manny just needs to be Manny in that rematch,” Villamor, the brother of Edito Villamor, another famous boxing trainer, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Just like the same style when Manny beat Brandon Rios. Manny should not stop punching and moving.”

“That’s what Bradley did in the first fight and even in his previous fights. He is very smart, but Pacquiao will simply demolish him now,” said Villamor, who is currently training world champions Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Merlito Sabillo.

Despite the controversial split decision loss of Pacquiao to Bradley two years ago, Villamor is firm on his stand that the Filipino eighth weight world division titleholder was the true winner in that fight.

“Everybody knows that Pacquiao won in their first meeting. You saw what happened to Bradley”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s long time trainer Freddie Roach assured that Pacquiao would assault Bradley in full three minutes every round and that the unbeaten American would definitely suffer.

“If he uses quick combos for three minutes, I don’t think Bradley can hold up,” Roach told Michael Woods of Sweet Science. “He’s taken a lot of punishment. He will stop him. He fought against Ruslan with a concussion, fer chrissakes.”

“That can’t be good for you. I think when Manny pushes him, he will knock him out,” he added. “Manny knows he has to be more aggressive this time than last. He does have it in him.”

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