The New York media was hoping for something controversial to happen at the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley press conference in Manhattan Thursday afternoon and nothing happened— again.
No slaps to the face or spit in the eye for these two fighters. Not even an overturned desert dish at the Hudson River catering hall— just plain old respect.
For reporters looking for something to spice up the upcoming June 9 world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas it seemed more like vanilla pudding.
The fighters complimented each other from the dais then stood face-to-face and smiled.
It was a repeat of the civil press conference they held two days earlier in Beverly Hills where Pacquiao snatched a photographer's camera and took snapshots of his opponent.
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Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said his fighter "has changed" and added "Manny has really found God."
"No more gambling, no more drinking, no more nothing," he said.
Asked if he was concerned that Pacquiao didn't finish off any of his opponents over his last four fights and his new-found pacifism could affect his bout with Bradley, Roach didn't sound worried.
"Yeah. He could have definitely knocked out two, but didn't want to hurt them," said Roach. "He's a compassionate person. He won't embarrass them, but I tell him every fight to get a knock out so there won't be any questions asked."
Roach claims Pacquiao hasn't lost any of his killer instinct in the ring and will bring it when necessary.
"Bradley is not the type to be your friend in there," he said.
"Bradley comes out aggressive. It's going to be a fast start," said Roach. "He doesn't know how hard Manny punches and once he feels that power— we'll get him. It will take a while to break this guy down."
Tonight, Thompson Boxing Promotions stable of fighters will face off against dangerous and daring opponents in what will be an electric night of boxing. The sold out night of the "New Blood" fight card will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California and will showcase Artemio Reyes, Aron Martinez, Efrain Esquivias, Richard Contreras and Sindy Amador. View...
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