WBA junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux delivered the kind of performance his promoter was looking for, as he floored Teon Kennedy five times on the way to Saturday night’s fifth-round knockout victory.
Tim Bradley’s the smaller man, but he believes that he can break Manny Pacquiao’s spirit, end his winning streak at 15-bouts and take the WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night. “He’s in for a real fight,” said Bradley.
Randall Bailey has received few favors in his recent career, but he thinks Mike Jones did him a small one by choosing 8 oz. gloves for their title clash on Saturday. Now, the hard-punching Bailey aims to capitalize.
Combatants on the Pacquiao-Bradley undercard, which includes Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas, Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey and Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Teon Kennedy, gathered at the final press conference before Saturday’s big event.
Trainer Freddie Roach expects Manny Pacquiao to dominate challenger Tim Bradley, perhaps as badly as when Bradley was knocked down three times during an amateur bout.
Manny Pacquiao: “I love Tim Bradley as a brother, but we have a job in the ring that we need to do. We have to hurt people…After that, it’s nothing personal.”
Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley stood at the podium for the last time before their fight this Saturday, and Team Bradley showed up with a supersized display of confidence.
Tim Bradley on Manny Pacquiao: “I’m ready. I’m ready to shock the world. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win this fight. It’s going to be a great fight. Let’s get it on, baby. It’s going to be a war.”
Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley were met by a horde of fans as they arrived in Las Vegas for their June 9 fight at the MGM Grand.
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, believes the fighter’s marital troubles might have factored in to his sub-par performance against Juan Manuel Marquez in November.