MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley saying that Manny Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct must have really gotten into the nerves of the Filipino boxing icon.
“He said I’ve lost the killer instinct and the aggressiveness,” Pacquiao said in a television splice put up by Solar Sports to drum up the April 12 rematch.
“So, that’s what I’m working on now. ‘Yun ang request niya eh di pagbigyan natin (That’s what he wants that’s what we’ll give him),” said the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
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Timothy Bradley will look to prove that his win against Manny Pacquiao in their first showdown was no fluke, but most boxing experts are convinced that the former pound-for-pound king will emerge victorious in their second showdown.
Former welterweight champion Ray Mancini predicted that Pacquiao will defeat Bradley easily in their upcoming rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In an interview with RingTV, Mancini said that while Pacquiao failed to erase the bitter memory of his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, the Filipino boxing icon was very impressive during his win over Brandon Rios in November last year.
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Timothy Bradley will look to prove that his previous win against Manny Pacquiao was no fluke when they collide again in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In an interview with Fighthype, Bradley revealed that he is already ahead of his training schedule, expressing confidence that he will be in perfect condition in time for fight night.
“I’m feeling great. I’m ahead of schedule right now. I’m not killing my body,” Bradley said. “I did 12 weeks last training camp for the Pacquiao fight. I think I was ready around eight weeks. It was hard man, because I had to taper really early then pick up again at the end.”
The 30-year-old undefeated champion also played down reports suggesting that he will have a hard time making the weight in time for the bout, saying that his weight is the least of his concerns at this point.
Manny Pacquiao had his first sparring session on Tuesday as part of his preparation for his upcoming rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
American boxer Lydell Rhodes had a taste of Pacquiao’s vaunted punching speed and power as reports indicated that the Filipino boxing icon bloodied the nose of his sparring partner.
“Yeah, my nose bloodied a little bit because he hit me, it wasn’t bleeding a lot but I got a little bit of blood there,” Rhodes admitted in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum denied claims that Manny Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct and that he has become a “gentle” boxer.
Arum said fans have always been demanding of a knockout finish from Pacquiao because they have always been going back to Filipino’s second round stoppage of Ricky Hatton in 2009.
“People looked at Pacquiao as being a knockout puncher because they remember the fight with Ricky Hatton, where he laid Hatton out,” said Arum in Boxing Scene. “The truth is that Manny Pacquiao’s strength was never as a knockout puncher.”
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Trainer Joel Diaz believes that his fighter WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) is now going to beat a former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) after defeating Pacquiao conqueror Juan Manuel Marquez last year in October. See how Bradley excited for this rematch.
However, long-time coach Freddie Roach of the Filipino boxing icon simply never minds the opinion with Bradley’s trainer. This time, the unbeaten American boxer could never cheat the outcome of the contest because Pacquiao will leave no trace for Bradley to win even by unanimous decision. As everyone would remember that Bradley struggled on his fight against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov, and everybody knew how difficult it was for Bradley to face an aggressive fighter like Pacquiao. But he schooled Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao a couple of years ago, and considered as a greatest counter-puncher – second to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley intend to leave no doubt this time. Nearly two years after Bradley beat the Filipino congressman in a hotly disputed split decision, the welterweights both seemed uncommonly confident Tuesday as they began promotional work for their April 12 rematch.
That’s because each man is still unshakably certain he won their first meeting.
“I want to maintain my name at the top and prove I can still fight,” Pacquiao said. “My career is not done yet.”
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TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR.
“This is all about redemption. I need Manny. He needs me. I’m going to beat him again. I am younger and a better fighter. Manny fights for the money. I have the hunger to win.
“I scored our fight eight rounds to four in my favor. No way he won that fight.
“Manny is great but he is also mortal. I’m not intimidated by him or his legend.
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Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions announced the bout, in which Bradley will be defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt, yesterday. The fans are also excited for Mayweather vs Khan fight to be possible on May 3rd.
Pacquiao and Bradley met for the first time on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand — site for April’s fight — when Bradley’s triumph ended Pacquiao’s seven-year, 15-bout winning streak. Read more about the said rematch here.
But many thought the decision should have gone to Pacquiao, who will be keen to settle that score.
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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will meet again in a high-stakes battle on April 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nev. in a rematch of their controversial June 2012 bout at the same location.
In the first fight, Pacquiao winning the clear majority of the rounds was clear to almost everyone except two of the three judges at ringside.
The two offenders, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley. Judge Jerry Roth scored it rightly for Pacquiao, though his 115-113 score was probably a bit too close, as well.
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