Bradley says Latinos will root for him in Pacquiao fight

Posted at 02/18/2012 11:21 PM | Updated as of 02/18/2012 11:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Timothy Bradley believes the Latin American community in the US will root for him when he fights Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao in June.

Bradley said he has a considerable number of Latino fans because he’s married to a Latina.

"My wife is Latin American, and the Latino community is embracing me, especially in my home town (Palm Springs, California),” he said in an interview with RingTV.

Bradley thinks the Mexicans, one of the largest foreign communities in the US, will be on his side because Pacquiao has beaten many Mexican boxing heroes, including Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez.

"That's what I feel and that's how I see it. The Latin community has embraced me in this fight. Because they want someone to beat this guy… A lot of Mexican fighters have lost to this guy,” he said.

Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his WBO welterweight crown against Bradley on June 9.

The 12-round bout will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao and Bradley will hold a 2-city, coast-to-coast media tour next Tuesday to promote the fight.

The tour will start with a news conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel in California on Tuesday (February 21), followed by a news conference at Chelsea Pier in New York on Thursday (February 23).

Promoter Bob Arum is also arranging for Pacquiao to meet and greet the NBA's newest sensation, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, when the boxer arrives in New York.