MANILA, Philippines -- If Manny Pacquiao really wants to beat Timothy Bradley in their April 12 rematch, he would have to leave his good boy image outside the boxing ring.
Sports analyst Ed Tolentino said that this might have cost Pacquiao his WBO welterweight crown during the Pinoy's first bout against Bradley nearly two years ago.
Tolentino said the fighting congressman could have knocked out the American if he wanted to.
"There were occasions in the first fight, when he nearly had Bradley on the verge of a knockdown," the analyst said on ANC's Hardball. "But he went on cruise control in offense."
This has given Bradley enough leeway to carve out a controversial split decision against Pacquiao.
The loss, said Tolentino, taught Pacquiao a hard lesson.
"I think he has learned from now on, that if you want to be a gentleman in the sport, you can do that after the fight," he said. "But in the ring, you can not be complacent, you have to go full throttle on offense."
Tolentino said it is important for Pacquiao to win the fight or he will have to kiss the Floyd Mayweather fight goodbye.
"Definitely he can not afford another knockout defeat. That will be the end of the career of Manny Pacquiao if he ends up losing by knockout again," he said.
Pacquiao is scheduled to meet Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12.
But before that, they will embark on a two-city press tour in Los Angeles and New York next week.