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MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao issued a stern warning to Timothy Bradley Jr after Bradley's declaration that he will be targeting the Filipino boxing icon’s injured shoulder in their third ring encounter on April 10 (April 9 in US).
Pacquiao, the only 8-division champion in boxing history, suffered a torn rotator cuff 3 weeks before the heavily-hyped showdown versus Floyd Mayweather Jr in May 2015 and had surgery on his injured right shoulder 4 days after the blockbuster bout.
According to Pacquiao, he is already expecting Bradley to attack his right shoulder in their third bout, which takes place at the 16,800-seater MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Actually, we have already foreseen that even before he announced it," he told PhilBoxing.com. “And we, Buboy [Fernandez] and Haplas (Roger Fernandez) already have designed what to do even before we pitched camp in General Santos City. So we really were not worried after hearing him say that."
Pacquiao reassured the public that his shoulder has fully recovered.
"Let him try doing it and let's see what happens next," Pacquiao dared.
Pacquiao has already started to shake off cobwebs as he kicked off his intense training in Manila this week before heading back to General Santos City on Thursday, February 11 to continue his preparation with longtime trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach is set to arrive in General Santos City from Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 14 and is bringing in Mexican-American prospects Frankie Gomez and Jose Carlos Ramirez to spar with Pacquiao.
The duo will train for the final 4 weeks of camp at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. – Rappler.com