Unbeaten Palm Springs boxing sensation Timothy Bradley is confident he will beat eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao when they collide on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In fact, Bradley presented to the public during his media workout a poster that practically proclaims him the winner in the fight that is yet to be staged.
The poster says "Bradley-Pacquiao 2" with his name first in the top billing, followed by Pacquiao's name.
Some hardcore fans appear to have been angry with the way Bradley and his handlers have portrayed Pacquiao as a lame duck opponent—one who is not capable of tainting Bradley's unbeaten professional record.
Looking at Bradley's background, he seems to be a humble, righteous person who values his own family.
In his media workout statement, Bradley was portrayed as an arrogant, disrespectful person who would do anything to get on top of his opponent.
Bradley says he is oozing with confidence because he has trained hard for the fight. In one of his media workout statements, he said he owed it to his father. He served as his trainer at the beginning of Bradley's career.
“I’m more confident for this fight than I’ve been for any other,” Bradley said. “I’ve always had confidence. I guess I was born with it, but it’s also because of how hard I’ve always trained.
"I chose boxing because I work harder than everyone else. I chose this sport because I didn’t have to depend on anyone else but myself."
There is nothing wrong with having confidence, as everyone is expected to have it in whatever he or she does.
But, overconfidence is something else. It could also spell one's defeat.
In their recent media day, Pacquiao said he will pray for Bradley. This simply means he is praying no one will get hurt really bad.
Instead of complementing Pacquiao's good wishes, Bradley's handlers have showed arrogance and disrespect for the eight-division world champion.
Bradley must have forgotten that he became popular overnight only after he bagged the contract to face Pacquiao. This is courtesy of Bob Arum, who is preparing Bradley to be his next "cash cow" as Pacquiao prepares for retirement.
When told of his name being repeatedly mentioned in the NBA playoff, he was elated and surprised of how he became popular overnight.
"I didn't see it, but I heard about it," Bradley said of his name being mentioned during the NBA playoff telecast.
"That's unreal. I mean, this is the NBA conference finals, and they're talking about me?"
Although he has acknowledged Pacquiao's influence in getting him into the spotlight, Bradley is expected to at least respect Pacquiao's stature as the eight-division world champion—not belittle him with his insulting poster.