Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 10/2/14

Another edition of 24/7 kicks off tonight with a look at the preparations for the June 9 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Indio, California is the training headquarters for Bradley, in an unassuming Boys & Girls Club gym. Bradley doesn't have a big entourage for camp, preferring the company of his family and his trainer, Joel Diaz.

Bradley says it was Diaz who made him believe he could make it to the top of the sport. Tim is renowned for his work ethic, but at times Diaz has had to rein him in a bit in training. Despite his status as a clear underdog, Diaz and Bradley are confident. Diaz says Pacquiao is human, and can be beaten.

Near L.A., Pacquiao fires up the Ferrari that has been idle since the last time he was in the U.S. Pac-Man calls L.A. his second home, talking about how comfortable he feels there. Manny's camp began in the Philippines as usual but relocated to L.A. in mid-May. Trainer Freddie Roach thinks Pacquiao looks great.

Not all is well in the Pacquiao camp, as there is friction over Alex Ariza's decision to leave to assist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For his part, Ariza downplays Roach's displeasure, saying it wasn't right before the fight. Pacquiao calls it a non-issue, disagreeing with the decision but basically saying he gave his blessing to it anyway.

Bradley is training by running in the mountains, feeling it helps him stay strong late in fights. On this particular Saturday night, Bradley is enjoying an surprise anniversary party thrown by his wife, Monica, and close friends. Monica has kids from a previous marriage, which made her hesitant to commit to Bradley right away. They both discuss how they made sure her son Robert was okay with them getting hitched. They also have one daughter together, and the state of their relationship appears very strong.

Pacquiao is doing plenty of running, too, but his transformation of mind has been more important to him lately than any training for his body. Specifically, Manny has recommitted himself to his Cathlolic faith, talking openly about his belief that he has eternal life through God. We hear from his spiritual advisor, who recalls how Pacquiao claimed he felt empty inside despite his success. Footage is shown of Pacquiao leading bible study, and his advisor is convinced it's a legit change of heart. Pacquiao puts it bluntly: "I hate the old Manny."

Weekdays in Indio begin at 6:45 am, with Bradley taking his stepson to school before he gets to his workouts. Tim says he arranges his schedule around his family instead of the other way around. He watches his baby daughter for an hour, calling her a sweetheart and pretty easy to handle. At 10 am, it's off to the gym, and Bradley says he can wait until June 10 to have fun.

The schedule is three hours of training, lunch, a nap, and an evening run. Bradley acknowledges people giving him some props while he jogs. He psyches himself up while he's on the road, yelling self-motivation into the camera.

Is Pacquiao as willing to go to war at this point in his career? He claims that he is, as it is still God's plan for him to entertain people. His spiritual advisor recognizes the contradictions inherent in boxing and religion but sees nothing wrong with it, as it's a sport.

Roach has new sparring partners for Pacquiao for this camp, since the previous ones had become too familiar. They switch off rounds as Manny goes hard, with Roach wondering if his boxer feels like he has something to prove since his last few performances haven't been stellar. So far, so good for this camp, says Pac-Man.

Ariza has supposedly been fired by Chavez Jr., and though he won't talk about it, Roach will. Freddie thinks Alex is "************" a bit and asks rhetorically is Pacquiao wouldn't be better off with a new strength coach. A training montage of both men closes out this episode.

Next episode: Roach is unhappy about discord in camp, and Pacquiao hits the late night talk show circuit. Bradley goes vegan before the fight to get his body where he wants it. 

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