Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach sent Timothy Bradley a “box of socks” as the two camps continued their mind games less than a week before their rematch.
Pacquiao and Bradley enter the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas USA, on April 12 as the Filipino sports idol takes a crack at Bradley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
Roach sent a box of socks together with a letter to the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, California, where the 31-year-old American was winding down his preparations for the fight.
“Is it really your feetal [sic]position that these injuries occurred because you did not wear socks?” Roach wrote to Bradley, according to reporter Ron Borges of the Boston Herald.com. “Though many members of the media think this excuse sounds like a hose job, I for one do believe you.”
“To me, you are boxing’s No.?1 sox symbol. Please think of me not as your arch nemesis but as your sole supporter. I hope the enclosed gift helps with the heeling process,” he said.
Roach said Bradley would have no excuse this time when he gets beaten up by Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is in his final phase of training at Roach’s Wildcard gym.
Bradley (31-0 win-loss record with 12 knockouts) had claimed that he got injured in his first bout with Pacquiao (55-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) because he was not wearing socks.
Many fans and fight experts believe Pacquiao was robbed by the split decision loss to Bradley two years ago, but Bradley is convinced that he won.
He said Pacquiao had lost the killer instinct.
“When was the last time you saw him knock somebody out?” Bradley told Borges. “He had a guy sitting in front of him—a tough guy [Rios]—and he couldn’t get rid of him.”
“In our fight I had two wounded feet and he couldn’t take me out. Manny Pacquiao used to come in blazing and knock guys out. He didn’t mess around. Now it looks like he’s more compassionate towards his opponents and that’s not good for boxing.”