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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Timothy Bradley's trainer says conditioning is better for rematch

Did you know Timothy Bradley wasn't in peak shape for previous fights?

Maddie Meyer
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Timothy Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz is very confident that his fighter will score a decisive victory over Manny Pacquiao in their April 12 rematch on HBO pay-per-view, citing improved conditioning as a major factor for the WBO welterweight titleholder.

While it's hard to imagine the chiseled Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) really being in better shape than normal, Diaz says there's a significant difference this time:

"The big difference is that now Bradley walks around at 155 pounds and that has allowed us to focus on the fight and the strategy. The last time with Pacquiao, and with Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez - [Bradley] had risen to 185 pounds. This time he is walking around at under 160 pounds, and that's very important. We know it will be a tough fight, but this time [we're looking to win things clearly]. Pacquiao's only chance is if he knocks Bradley out, but that won't be easy. What I am sure of is that if it does not [knock Bradley out], then Bradley is going to hurt him."

Tim Bradley might have 13 abs when he shows up for this weigh-in.

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