Timothy Bradley bristled recently when hearing that Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach had compared the California fighter to Ricky Hatton, according to the Daily Mail, with Bradley feeling that if that's the thought on Team Pacquiao, they're in for a rude awakening:
When told that Pacquiao's Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had characterised him as The Hitman Mark 11 - which many would consider a compliment - Bradley said: 'Hell, this guy is supposed to be the best trainer on earth and he analyses me like that. Holy crap.'
Hatton retired after being knocked cold by Pacquiao in this very ring and Bradley argued: 'How can Freddie compare me with the only guy Manny has taken out with one clean hit? If that's their analysis of me they're in deep trouble here.'
As much as I do respect the career of Ricky Hatton -- I was and am a big "Hitman" fan -- I can't help but agree with Bradley.
Hatton didn't have the ability to switch things up the way Bradley does. If they're expecting Bradley to walk into Manny's power shots repeatedly and have literally no answer for the speed and angles, it could be a long night.
Ricky Hatton was a damn good fighter, but it was because he was great at what he did well, which was nothing fancy whatsoever. Bradley has the ability to change his approach, which is actually what helps him overcome his limitations in power, and the fact that he doesn't have an A+ skill, but has become an A-list fighter.
Bradley also took a chance to take a dig at Amir Khan, who recently picked Wild Card training mate Pacquiao to win on Saturday, and has in the past, of course, had plenty of media scrapes with Bradley:
'Before I die I'm gonna fight this dude Khan. That's a promise. I've got a bigger fight here but once I've kicked Manny's ass I'm going to kick his.'
Bradley vs Khan, no matter what happens tonight, is unlikely to happen any time soon as the two fighters work for rival promotional companies. It could happen, as there has recently been some cracking of the ice between the two companies (they were willing to do Vanes Martirosyan vs Erislandy Lara together), but usually now they work together when they've got fighters with literally no other good options, such as last year's Gamboa vs Ponce De Leon fight.