Manny Pacquiao Advises Tim Bradley To Take Bath; Pacman Shocked By American Boxer's Ritual
By Lou Ramon Aguila | March 6, 2014 4:02 PM EST
Manny Pacquiao is currently at the peak of his preparation for his upcoming rematch with Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. But the eight-time division world champion might be having some second thoughts in engaging too much with the undefeated American fighter, especially after learning that he doesn't take a bath a week before the fight.
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates his victory over Brandon Rios of the U.S. during their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau November 24, 2013. Pacquiao registered a decisive, unanimous decision win against American Rios to clinch the vacant WBO International welterweight title on Sunday. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Pacquiao, who fought many great fighters throughout his shoo-in Hall of Fame career, couldn't believed that Bradley's pre-fight ritual was not to take a shower a week leading to a fight. He was shocked to learn it during an interview with the Philippines' leading media network ABS-CBN News.
When asked what his take on Bradley's no-shower rule, the Saranngani congressman stressed it's a non-hygienic idea not to take a bath not only at fight night but every workout day, but nevertheless had no further comment on the ritual of the undefeated American fighter.
Bradley revealed his pre-fight habit in an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Bev Llorente, saying he would continue to stick with it during his preparing for his fight with Pacquiao.
"I don't know why... that's one thing I don't do. The week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, I don't take a shower. Saturday, that's when I take a shower for the first time," he said while taking a break from training.
Pacquiao and Bradley will meet again after roughly 2 years to settle the score once and for all after their first fight ended in controversy. Bradley took away Pacman's WBO Welterweight belt via 12-round split decision, but majority of boxing pundits believed Pacquiao did enough to take an easy unanimous decision win.
After that showdown, Pacquiao lost his next fight to Juan Manuel Marquez via unanimous decision before scoring a 12-round unanimous decision win over Brandon Rios in November 2013. Bradley had a couple of impressive wins against Ruslan Provodnikov and Marquez in the previous year to keep the belt around his waist.
Pacquiao will reportedly earn $20 million in his next fight, while Bradley will pocket around $7 million, not including their share on Pay-per-View buys and mechanized sales.
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