Ariza: Bradley isnít a technical fighter; he fights like Pacquiao

By Rob Smith: Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning trainer for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, expects his opponent Timothy Bradley to be coming right at him on June 9th looking to slug it out with him instead of boxing. Ariza doesnít see Bradley as a technical fighter and thinks heíll just come looking to trade in this fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ariza told ďHeís a high volume puncher whoíll come forward. Bradleyís not a technical guy like [Juan Manuel] Marquez. He fights somewhat like Manny. Thatís why I think itíll be explosive fight."

Itís hard to take anything that Ariza says as gospel given his knockout prediction for Pacquiao against Marquez in his last fight. Ariza made it seem like Pacquiao beating Marquez would be a piece of cake. What we saw instead was Pacquiao win a controversial 12 round decision that didnít sit right with a lot of boxing fans, but did agree with Pacquiaoís loyal following. Bradley isnít anything like Pacquiao at all. Iím not sure what Bradley Ariza has been watching but heís not like Pacquiao. Bradley tends to lower his head and fight on the inside.

In contrast, Pacquiao is a poor inside fighter and he doesnít lower his head when heís coming in. Bradley likes to clinch at times to smother his opponentsí offense. Pacquiao very rarely clinches at all. Bradley likes to punch to the body, whereas Pacquiao is strictly a head hunter from the word go.

I think Ariza is an okay conditioning trainer, but I donít buy anything what he says about his predictions about fights or evaluations of fighters. Heís so far off in his evaluation of Bradley that itís not even funny. Iím just waiting for Ariza to come on with the early round KO prediction for Pacquiao over Bradley. Thatíll be interesting to hear and then see Pacquiao once again fail to get a knockout. His last knockout came in 2009.

Article posted on 07.04.2012

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