Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao said that all the recent criticisms thrown at him would not affect his training for his rematch against unbeaten American Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“He [Pacquiao] doesn’t care about what other people say particularly [the]negative
[comments],” Peñalosa, a former two-time world champion and Pacman’s business partner, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “Pacquiao is very busy in training and he’s just ignoring those things, as you know Manny.”
Veteran boxing analyst Larry Merchant said last week that the 35-year-old Pacquiao would
have a hard time beating the 30-year-old World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Bradley (31-0 win-loss record with 12 knockouts).
“If Tim does what he did to Juan Manuel Marquez, then that’s going to put the burden on Manny, who is the older fighter,” Merchant told RingTV.com Lem Satterfield in an interview. “Pacquiao has got to make it a helluva fight. I think that it’s a tossup fight . . . Most people see this as a tossup.”
“If Manny is favored, it would be primarily because of his fans backing him. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he lost in this fight. Pacquiao certainly can’t fight Tim Bradley the way that he fought in his last fight against Brandon Rios.”
Merchant stressed that Rios is just an “ordinary boxer.”
But Peñalosa believes that Pacquiao still has the power and speed to avenge his controversial split decision loss to Bradley in June 2012.
“Bradley won’t last the distance especially when Manny is in tip-top shape and that’s what we see right now. Merchant is old that’s why his hallucinating,” said Peñalosa.