Bradley to avoid heavy sparring for Pacquiao trilogy bout

Nick Giongco 04/02/2016

Tim Bradley will answer the bell in his April 9 showdown with Manny Pacquiao looking fresh as a daisy as Bradley trainer Teddy Atlas is not a stickler for heavy training leading to a big fight.

Instead of hiring a battery of sparring partners, Atlas takes a different approach in training camp, opting to focus on strategy than watch his fighter get banged up.

It’s not that Bradley would just be logging a paltry number of sparring rounds but Top Rank PR chief Lee Samuels said that Atlas concentrates on “a lot of tactical work.”

“Teddy doesn’t believe in a lot of sparring,” Samuels said.

The fact that Bradley won’t be subjected to intense sparring will allow the Palm Springs fighter to preserve his strength and climb the ring oozing with energy and vigor.

“That strategy keeps Tim fresh going into fight night,” added Samuels.

Owing to Atlas’ training methods, the 32-year-old Bradley won’t be starting camp until Feb. 15.

“I just need seven weeks to get ready,” said Bradley, who split his two bouts with Pacquiao in 2012 and 2014.

Part of training camp will be taking care of his nutritional needs and Bradley has dumped being a vegetarian, a facet of his old self that prevented him reaching his true potential.

Since deciding to leave his vegan lifestyle behind, Bradley has become an even more aggressive and daring competitor and it showed when he took the sting out of Brandon Rios in his last fight.

Unlike Bradley, Pacquiao is slowly getting warmed up for the initial stage of his buildup.

Last week, the 37-year-old eight-division titleholder began doing morning roadwork and shadowboxing in General Santos City.

Pacquiao will spend the first half of his eight-week preparation in the country before doing the customary transfer of camp to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for the final push.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks