• Somodio sees PacMan pummeling Bradley

    Manny Pacquiao and Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio. FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao and Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio. FILE PHOTO

    Marvin Somodio, Freddie Roach’s assistant trainer said that he sees his compatriot Manny Pacquiao thumping Timothy Bradley despite the unbeaten American’s strong jaw when the two battle for the second time on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “I do not know if he [Pacquiao] is going to win by knockout but I’m pretty sure Bradley would be battered and would suffer a lot,” Somodio of Baguio City told The Manila Times in a phone interview from Los Angeles, California.

    Somodio, however, admitted that the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0 win-loss record with 12 knockouts) has improved a lot hence Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts) is training harder and wiser this time.

    “Bradley improved a lot since their last fight and became stronger and smarter too,” added Somodio, referring to Bradley’s controversial split decision win over Pacquiao in June 2012.

    “Pacquiao is very fast and he’s going to become faster, smarter and stronger this time.”

    Bradley scored a unanimous win over Russian Ruslan Provodnikov and Pacquiao’s Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez last year.

    Pacquiao lost to Marquez via sixth round knockout in December 2012 and returned to the ring in November in Macau posting a majority decision victory over Brandon Rios.

    “We already solved Pacquiao’s cramps problem in his last fight with proper training and this time, he’s going to win over Bradley,” said Somodio, who also trains Filipino-American Brian Viloria who will fight this year against a yet to be determined opponent.

    Somodio said he would no longer fly to the Philippines to attend Pacquiao’s training in General Santos this weekend. Somodio will just wait for Pacquiao and Roach at the Wild Card Gym most likely on March 1.


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