With most of the world giving undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley little chance against fellow pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao in their June 9th bout, it is clear Bradley will use the underdog role to his advantage.
During the first press conference for the fight at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, the usual talk of how it is going to be a tough fight and my opponent is tough talk went down, so nothing of real surprise was said.
Pacquiao's camp said the more standard answers, and Pacman's trainer, Freddie Roach, used the opportunity to take an obvious jab at welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather.
It's nice to be fighting a fighter who is undefeated who is not worried about losing that zero on his record.
With the slick hit directed at Mayweather, it is nice to see that even though we didn't get the megafight between Pacquiao and Mayweather just yet, that Money May isn't too far from the Pacquiao camp's minds.
Bradley has a huge opportunity to prove his doubters—many who think he is too boring of a fighter to become a superstar-caliber boxer, despite his skills—wrong beating Pacquiao, and I believe his mindset early on seems to be more focused than that of Pacman.
It almost seemed as if Pacquiao was overlooking his opponent with his casual, standard answers to questions on the fight.
Yes, I know Pacquiao has done this pre-fight hype tour many times over and that these answers may almost be second nature to him, but after his last two fights where he looked less than stellar, he may want to change the norm and take a new, more enthusiastic approach to the Bradley fight.
Bradley saying that Pacquiao's longtime reign in the ring would be coming to an end and that it was his time to shine gives the world a glimpse that he is already mentally ahead of Pacquiao going into this fight.
If Pacquiao is indeed looking past Bradley in this fight as it seemed at the press conference, then it will be one long night on June 9th for Pacman and an even longer summer, as recovering from his first loss since 2005 will be anything but a vacation-like scenario.