Bradley, a 4-1 underdog, wants to play the role of spoiler for a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. To have a chance at that he will have to avoid Pacquiao's power punches.
"Manny will have more power than I have. He has more knockouts on his resume,'' Bradley said. "But power doesn't win fights. It's all about skills. You've never seen a guy come straight to me and walk through me. If they do try that, they get put on their backs. Soon as he gets tagged he's going to respect me.''
Bradley is a straight ahead banger who likes to fight in close. That has led to head butts. It is something that both boxers are aware might happen. Pacquiao, who doesn't like seeing his own blood, has trained to avoid such a clash of heads. Bradley has also worked hard to avoid the head-butt issue.
"I'm a rough fighter. I can be aggressive,'' Bradley said. "We've been working to keep our heads out of the mix. I don't want there to be a clash of heads and have the fight end on a cut because of a head butt. That wouldn't be good for the fans who have paid a lot of money to see the fight. If that happens I'll be in tears.''
Bradley, a workman-like brawler who doesn't possess single-punch knockout power, has not been noted as a spectacular fighter. This could be his opportunity to break out of that mold.
"Maybe you'll see greatness in this fight because Pacquiao will bring it out of me,'' Bradley said.
Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao's promoter, said he will delay the HBO PPV broadcast of the main event between Pacquiao and Bradley until the conclusion of Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heats so that sports fans will not have to decide which event they want to watch. The PPV broadcast will still begin at 9 p.m. EST, but the main event might not get started until after midnight.