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Roach: Pacquiao will show he's still better than Floyd

ESPN staff
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Freddie Roach: 'Timothy Bradley is slow, he can't punch... I don't see any problems'

Trainer Freddie Roach insists Timothy Bradley is "slow and can't punch" - so he is confident Manny Pacquiao will re-assert his claim to the title of pound-for-pound king on June 9.

Pacquiao meets Bradley, the unbeaten American, in Las Vegas next week in what will be his first outing since a faltering points victory over Juan Manuel Marquez last November.

But despite the unconvincing and disputed nature of that triumph, Roach is adamant that his charge, the WBO welterweight champion, has lost none of his self-belief over the past few months.

"He has a lot of confidence and I think he knows he has something to prove because people are asking, 'Is he all done?' after the last fight, when we had a little bit of a poor performance," Roach told ESPN. "That's gonna get him a little more motivated, and he's going to go out there and prove to the people he's still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world."

Although Bradley held both the WBC and WBO light-welterweight crowns last year and has beaten some celebrated performers, Roach is not daunted by an opponent who he admits arrives in fine shape.

"That muscle looks really good - but that's all it is: he's slow, he can't punch… I don't see any problems," Roach said.

Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza left the camp early in order to work with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who defends the WBC middleweight title against Andy Lee on June 16. Roach was disappointed with Ariza's decision, but is refusing to believe it will have any ill-effects on Pacquiao.

"I say it like it is: I thought it was a bad choice [from Ariza]," Roach said. "I'm not going to let Manny suffer because of something between me and Ariza, that won't happen. It's not an issue at all."

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