Pacquiao camp has Bradley covered
By NICK GIONGCO
MANILA, Philippines — Night and day, images of Tim Bradley keep on appearing in Buboy Fernandez’s head like a bad dream.
Having forcibly been fed with videos of Bradley’s fights every night the past couple of weeks, Fernandez has come to know his boss’s opponent from head-to-foot and inside-and-out and is looking forward to the night of June 9 in Las Vegas when all the hard work comes into play.
“I know what’s going to happen to him (Bradley),” Fernandez told the Bulletin with a hearty laugh on Monday as he was keenly awaiting the arrival of Manny Pacquiao at a gym owned by businessman-sportsman Rey Golingan in General Santos City.
Fernandez did not elaborate about his bold statement but one could not be faulted if he starts to picture Bradley, bruised and bloodied, either being saved by the referee from further bodily harm or lying on his back ala Ricky Hatton.
The right-hand man of Freddie Roach for over ten years now, Fernandez is Pacquiao’s childhood buddy – and even a comic – but oftentimes inspiring presence in the Filipino’s corner.
“I have been watching Bradley’s fights every day,” said Fernandez, who has been inseparable with Pacquiao since the fight with Colombian Jorge Eliecer Julio in Memphis in June 2002.
The videos that are on Fernandez’s possession are not ordinary fights of Bradley but specific fights with left-handers like Pacquiao.
“I’ve been carefully studying Bradley’s fights with Cuban Joel Casamayor (last year) and American Donald Camarena (in 2007).”
Fernandez said he has Bradley all figured out.
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