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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Tim Bradley discusses his 'Face Off' comments, sock plans, not showering, and more

Timothy Bradley talks about his pre-fight preparations, the socks thing, Manny Pacquiao, and more with Marcos Villegas.

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

On not showering before weigh-ins

"That's what we do it, man. That's how I do it. It's how I've always done it. It's a little bit disgusting, but hey, it works for me."

On whether or not he prepared his Face Off comments

"I normally speak from the heart. It depends on how I feel that day. I speak from the heart. It's just something that I thought about at that time. That's it. ... I wasn't expecting him to do anything. Manny Pacquiao always remains calm. He's pretty poised. He's been in the business a long time. I wasn't expecting a reaction, I was just speaking truths, speaking my opinion."

On being unimpressed by Pacquiao in the first fight

"I just felt that he wasn't better than me. I just felt that he wasn't absolutely better than me. When I got prepared for the fight, I was like, man, I'm fighting against a gorilla, man, like, an animal. In the ring with him after the first round, I was like, this is the best fighter in the world? He's not better than me."

Comparing Pacquiao and Marquez

"Both fighters have their dimensions and dynamics and what they bring into the ring. Marquez is a lot more clever, a lot smarter. Pacquiao's more busy, he's busier, keeps you on your toes, keeps you tense. That's the way he gets his guys tired. Moving on angles, shifting back and forth, and he's a southpaw. He's a little more difficult. Marquez, you just gotta be very cautious on your approach, because he'll make you pay, as soon as you make a mistake."

On Pacquiao saying he'll throw 100 punches a round

"He can try to throw over 100 punches, but most of the time guys don't like to throw too many shots because they get hit upside the head with a counter shot. In the first fight, he didn't throw 100 punches, and he waited almost until the end of the round to throw punches. When you throw punches, guess what that leaves? It leaves openings. I can't wait, man. Openings will be there."

On doubts he had going into the Provodnikov fight and the resulting war

"I always think that I can go. It's not that I'm thinking about anything. When the going gets tough, I got my family, I gotta provide for my family. If I'm gonna go out, I'm gonna go out swinging. I'm not gonna go out and just lay down and turn my back. The ref's gonna stop it, or my trainer -- somebody's gonna stop it. Because I'm gonna keep fighting. Mentally, I just zone out, man. Whatever you're geared to doing, whatever you do in training, whatever your heart desires, that's what you're gonna do. That's how I do it. That night, I couldn't fail. I couldn't fail no matter what. No matter what. He could've threw a grenade in there, I still would've been there, man."

On the socks

"I'm wearing my typical Nikes. Just thick Nike socks. I'm wearing socks this time. ... (The reaction has) been great. I think it's fun. I think it's funny. I should've worn socks the first time. That's what I get for reading Mike Tyson books. Mike Tyson was a legend, man. He's a legend. It didn't work out for me. It is what it is."

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