Lem Satterfield

Pacquiao-Bradley 24/7 debuts; Bradley’s training notes

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WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley’s challenge for the WBO welterweight belt owned by Manny Pacquiao will be the focus HBO’s first “24/7: Road to Pacquiao-Bradley” on May 19.

The program will air from 10:15-to-10:45 ET/PT as Bradley (28-0, 12 knockouts) faces a southpaw for his third straight fight in Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), whose 15-bout winning streak that includes eight knockouts.

Other HBO playdates are May 19 at 2 a.m.; May 20 at 10:30 a.m.; May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 1:35 a.m.; May 22 at 9:30 p.m.; May 23 at 10:30 a.m.; May 24 at 7:00 p.m. and 2:35 a.m.; May 25 at 12:30 a.m.; May 26 at 10:15 a.m.; June 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and June 9 at 9:30 a.m.

The HBO2 playdates are May 20 at 11:50 p.m.; May 23 at 10:30 p.m.; June 8 at 12:05 a.m.; June 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT; and June 10 at 9:20 a.m. HBO On Demand availability begins on May 23, with the special also being available on HBO Go.

PACQUIAO TO EARN $6 MILLION TO BRADLEY’S $5 MILLION

Pacquiao’s repored purse is $6 million compared to $5 million for Bradley, according to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“Obviously, Manny will get more than six million with his cut of foreign television and everything ,” said Kizer of Pacquiao, who will face Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View.  “But these are their base purse amounts as reported to the commission.”

BRADLEY’S TRAINING NOTES

The following are Bradley training camp notes taken from a press release distributed by HBO on behalf of Top Rank Inc., the lead promoter of the Pacquiao-Bradley card.

Question for Bradley: What do you like to do when you are not training for a fight? Do you play or watch other sports? Do you have any particular role models?

“Even though I’m world champion fighter, I enjoy offseasons like other professional athletes, and I like to make the most of my free time. Like any other sports fan, I enjoy watching football and basketball on television as well as spending time with friends and family.

“I’m a homebody, even during training camp, because I train at a local gym and stay at home. My wife and kids keep me grounded, and I like to stay involved in their day-to-day lives even when training camp is in full gear. When I’m not training, I serve as president of the junior All-American tackle football and cheer program, and help coach any of the teams my son plays on.

“I have a great appreciation for the head coaches and how they teach and motivate. I’m honored to assist them. It’s really been a lot of fun watching my son and his friends develop as players and teammates over the years. It’s been a very rewarding experience. I also attend as many school functions for my kids as possible.

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“Back-to-school nights, PTO, you name it, my wife and I are there. I’m amazed at what they are teaching our kids and how early these subjects are being taught to them. So much of it is fascinating. It’s always fun going to Career Day at my kids’ schools.

“With one in elementary, and the other in middle school, you can imagine the differences in questions I am asked. My favorite time of day is the morning, when my daughter and I walk to school together. It’s a great time to just chat about anything that’s on her mind. It’s our time, and I really treasure it.”

BRADLEY CALLS PACQUIAO ‘SMALL’ AND TINY’

Bradley, 28, was featured in last Saturday night’s 10-minute episode of HBO’s Portrait of a Fighter: Timothy Bradley, which aired immediately after HBO’s debut of Faceoff with Max Kellerman: Pacquiao-Bradley.

“I have my ways of sizing guys up, and I definitely sized him up. I had a chance to see how big he really is, and he’s not that big. He’s a skinny guy. He’s not that muscular of a guy. He’s kind of cut, but when I saw him, it’s not all of that. He’s got big legs, but otherwise, he’s just really small and really tiny. He doesn’t have big arms or triceps,” said said Bradley, of his proximity to Pacquiao during the filming of Faceoff.

“I definitely put my hands on him just to see how dense and solid he was, and he’s not that solid to me, but you never know. Once I get into the ring with him, I’ll be able to see exactly how heavy he is and how fast he is, and I’ll be able to make my adjustments. It’s going to take me a couple of rounds, maybe two rounds to figure him out. Once I figure him out, then I should definitely start taking the fight and winning the fight.”

Bradley is coming off an eighth-round knockout of left-handed, faded former lightweight champ Joel Casamayor on the undercard of Pacquiao’s disputed majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in November.

Prior to Casamayor, Bradley vanquished southpaw Devon Alexander by decison for the WBC’s junior welterweight belt in January of last year.

Bradley also won virtually every round of a unanimous decision in December of 2009 over  Lamont Peterson, who dethroned Amir Khan as IBF and WBA junior welterweight beltholder by disputed split-decision in December of last year.

During the Faceoff episode, however, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said that his fighter would knock out Bradley.

“Is he going to stop me? Oh, that’s not going to happen. He couldn’t stop a 38-year-old Marquez, so he’s definitely not going to stop a 28-year-old like myself, Tim Bradley. He’s definitely not going to do that. I don’t know. Sometimes, I think that Freddie Roach is really naive about his fighter. Freddie has confidence in his fighter, and that’s great, but I don’t think that they realize what they’re getting into, to be honest with you,” said Bradley.

“I really don’t think that they realize it. They may think that Marquez just has Manny’s number, but whatever Marquez can do, I can do 10 times better. He’s great at counter-punching, and I’m devastating at counter-punching. My counter-punching ability is unbelievable. I beat most of my guys on counter-punching. It’s affective aggressiveness with counter-punching.”

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Against Pacquiao, Bradley believes that his track record against relative competition will be the difference in his favor.

“I’m just so focused and determined, dude. I’m not paying attention to all of the bullcrap and what they’re saying and all of this. I’m just preparing like any other fight. This guy is not invincible. This guy is beatable,” said Bradley. 

“I’m going to prove it to everybody, you know what I mean? That’s my main focus, is to follow my gameplan and dominate. Regardless of what his track record says, or whatever, he’s going to have to show me that he’s better than me, and that’s the bottom line.”

TOP RANK SIGNS TOKA KHAN-CLARY

Top Rank has announced the signing of amateur sensation Toka Khan-Clary, a 20-year-old Rhode Island resident who is blessed with speed, power and a pro style of fighting.

Khan-Clary is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio, and will make his professional debut on the June 8 undercard of a main event featuring former undisputed middleweight titleholder Kelly Pavlik against Scott Sigmon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“Everyone at Top Rank is excited,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “What a great way for Toka to start, fighting on the Kelly Pavlik card at the Hard Rock.”

A native of Liberia, Kahn-Cary moved to Philadelphia when he was six, and was soon orphaned after losing his father in a shooting that same year.

Khan-Clary  made his way to Pawtucket, RI, where life was not any easier. Eventually,  he was taken under the wing of Andrea Watson, her husband Ron Clary and Manfredo.

From there, boxing proved to be Kahn-Clary’s salvation.

“Toka is the best I’ve seen at our gym in 35 years, and I’ve seen a lot of fighters,” said Manfredo. “He has speed, skill, tremendous combinations and a big heart.”

As an amateur, Khan-Clary was a gold medalist at the National Golden Gloves in 2010, a silver medalist at the U.S. Championships in 2011, and a bronze medalist at the U.S. National Championships in 2010 and 2012.

“Toka is a top prospect who is the real deal,” said Bruce Trampler, Hall of Fame matchmaker at Top Rank. “He throws a lot of punches and hits hard.”

Photo by David Martin Warr, Don King Produtions

Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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