MANILA, Philippines – Joel Diaz, the boxing coach of WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley, said they want none of the controversy that emanated from the first bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2012.
Diaz said despite winning the first fight, Bradley was hurt by claims that he was merely given the split decision win over Pacquiao.
“Because of the controversy, the majority of people in the world didn’t think Bradley won that fight. So now we’re going into this fight with the mentality that it cannot be a controversy,” Diaz said in Hustle Boss.
Bradley outpointed Pacquiao during that fight, despite the Filipino’s apparent dominance over the American boxer.
Diaz vowed that they will make it a hard fight for Pacquiao on April 12.
“People always underestimate Bradley. I can tell you it’s not going to be easy for Pacquiao to beat Bradley. [The fight] is going to give us peace of mind,” he said.
Both camps have reached an agreement for the rematch that will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million, or $2 million more than the $18 million he was guaranteed for his November 2013 showdown against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
Bradley, on the other hand, is guaranteed $6 million, or a $1-million raise from his guaranteed purse in the first fight.
According to Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum, both Pacquiao and Bradley will also get a share of the pay-per-view profits. The first Pacquiao-Bradley fight generated approximately 890,000 PPV buys.