All the pressure is on Filipino boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to perform impressively against unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr. in their rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.
This according to Bradley himself, who told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that Pacquiao has to prove that he is still an elite fighter when they face off in their rematch.
“I don’t have to knock him out,” Bradley answered when asked if he felt pressured to knock Pacquiao out in order to gain a decisive victory.
“I’m the champion. Pacquiao’s gotta come get some,” he added. “The pressure is not on me. The pressure’s on him. It’s all on him, it’s not on me.”
“He’s the one that’s got to shine. He’s a superstar, he’s the icon, the legend. He’s everything. All eyes are on Pacquiao,” Bradley stressed.
Bradley holds a controversial victory over Pacquiao when the American was awarded a split decision in their June 2012 showdown that few observers felt he deserved.
But Bradley is quick to point out that he injured his feet early into the fight, severely limiting his mobility.
“This time, I’m gonna have two good feet, I’m not gonna get my feet hurt in the second round and in the fourth round, and be walking around the ring injured,” he guaranteed.
“I’m gonna have two good feet, and it’s gonna be a different fight. The world is gonna see, the world’s gonna see,” he added.
Bradley acknowledged that it was not going to be easy to beat Pacquiao again, especially after the controversial nature of their first fight. But he is confident that he can get the job done.
“There’s really nothing that’s easy, especially when you’re at the top of boxing. Boxing is a hard game,” he pointed out.
“But anything that I put my mind to, anything that I want, I get. I’m willing to die for it,” he added. “With that being said, it’s gonna be another night at the office, and it’s gonna be another night where the whole world is gonna doubt me.”
“At the end of the night, I’m gonna be victorious again, and I’m gonna say, ‘I told you so.’”