|Manny Pacquiao maintains he got robbed in the first Timothy Bradley fight. Photo by Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao said he wants to prove that Timothy Bradley’s victory during their welterweight title clash in 2012 was just a sham.
The judges in that bout awarded Bradley a split decision, thereby handing over the WBO welterweight strap to the unbeaten American.
Pacquiao said that although he calmly accepted the outcome, he said he knew he was robbed.
“Everybody, or almost everybody, anyway, knows I won that fight,” the quick-punching boxer from General Santos City said in an interview with Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
“Although I accepted the controversial verdict, mas mabuti na rin na patunayan nating nagkamali ang mga huwes sa kanilang desisyon robbing, not only me but the entire boxing world, of a victory.”
Although Top Rank’s Bob Arum has yet to make a formal announcement, Pacquiao made it clear that he’s facing Bradley against on April 12.
In fact, he said, he’s already planning his training routine for the rematch.
“The final decision lies on me naman, so pwede ko nang sabihin na si Bradley na talaga," said pacquiao. “It’s already a little less than three months na lang at April 12 na, and I have to start training early kaya okay na rin sa akin.”
“February na next week, meaning I have to open camp the second week of that month.”
Pacquiao added that he chose Bradley over “Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov due to his history with the American boxer.
The Filipino said both he and Bradley are in need of a closure to their controversial fight.
“I owe it to boxing fans, especially to our countrymen, that I win back the crown and I will do just that. I promise,” he said.
Pacquiao added that Bradley himself will want to prove that he deserves to be wearing the WBO welterweight crown.
“It will be a good fight and closer this time. Tim have improved vastly since we first met and I’m sure he, too, will be proving that his win was no fluke.”