Win, lose or draw in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley should be a star in boxing. This HBO "24/7" series has shown him to be very sincere. He has already proven that he is a world-class champion. So, perhaps, thanks to "24/7", Bradley can now get the recognition and purses he deserves.
Here's a look at the second episode in the Pacquiao-Bradley series:
Best spoken line, Manny Pacquiao: "Manny Pacquiao at age 35, the most important thing is to maintain my name in boxing, help more poor people in the Philippines, my countrymen, and, of course, to get closer to God."
Best spoken line, Timothy Bradley: "Knockout, that's it, that's the only way this fight is going to end. Decision, it's not good enough."
Best spoken line, Bradley, part 2: "Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is all real... I enjoy every single minute of my life and my career, because I've earned it. It wasn't handed to me, I earned it. I went out and took it."
Best spoken line, Joel Diaz (Bradley's trainer): "If the fight goes the distance and it's close, we're not going to win."
Freddie Roach Sez: "Payback is a [expletive]," the theme for Team Pacquiao during this training camp.
Best written line: The physical training is certainly paramount, but the rhythms of the gym can also be an invitation to get lost in thought, to ponder, far beyond the last two years, how far he's come and all that the sport has done for him (Bradley.)
Scenic View: Brilliant opening shot of the Wild Card, using a rack focus and what appears to be a long lens to look into the doorway of the gym.
Best supporting cast: Pacquiao's dog.
Training Days: Slow motion of Bradley repeatedly punching the medicine ball out of Joel Diaz's grip and into the air.
* I guess it's fitting that Manny Pacquiao opened a private gym beneath the Wild Card. Muhammad Ali eventually moved out of the 5th Street Gym and who could blame Team Pacquiao for wanting to limit distractions for the rematch?
* This is the second time "24/7" has shown Pacquiao on the basketball court. Not bad at all.
*Also, this is the second time "24/7" visited with Roach at the spa. The owner was just as obnoxious last time.
* Nice moment of Bradley bringing his daughter to school, which is really what makes these "24/7" episodes special.
* Great line from Justin Fortune, Pacquiao's new strength coach: "Bradley asked for the old Pacquiao back. So we'll give it to him. But don't [expletive] when you get it back."
* The strength and conditioning montages from both camps were very interesting. There are a lot of innovative training techniques employed by both sides. But the fighting has pretty much stayed the same for the last 50 years. Which begs the question, if Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson did roadwork in work boots and ate steak and eggs, do these new methods even matter?
* Here's the rub with Bradley replacing manager Cameron Dunkin with his wife. In this day and age, on the level of Pacquiao and Bradley, the promoter is really the manager. So when a fighter such as Bradley says he is paying a manager a lot of money to do what Bob Arum is essentially doing, he is correct. The flip side is, make sure you can trust your promoter and make sure you have someone you can trust read the fine print on those contracts.
This may or may not be the case with Bradley and Dunkin, but managers often invest a lot of time and money in building a fighter and moving him along, only to lose him. So, hypothetically, Dunkin could have been moving five fighters at the same time, but only Bradley reached a point where he could finally turn a profit. Then, to lose Bradley, well, that really hurts a manager.
However, Bradley only has a finite time to fight and make as much money as possible. A manager can manage fighters for as long as he desires.