Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. believes Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao now lacks the hunger and the fire to consistently compete at a high level, and instead now fights only for financial gain.
“I’m going to beat him again,” Bradley said, as quoted by PhilBoxing. “I am younger, and a better fighter. Manny fights for money. I have the hunger to win.”
Two years after controversially beating the Filipino, Bradley will get a chance to prove that his win was no fluke when he faces off against Pacquiao again on April 12, and he is determined to repeat his achievement.
“Manny is great, but he is also mortal,” Bradley said. “I’m not intimidated by him, or his legend.”
Pacquiao’s lack of fire and hunger was evident in his December 2013 showdown against the hard-hitting Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, noted Bradley.
“Manny didn’t look the same against Rios. He didn’t have his usual killer instinct. That’s the first thing I noticed,” he said.
“I don’t think he has the hunger anymore, and it’s never coming back,” he added. “He no longer has his killer instinct. That’s the first thing I noticed in the Rios fight.”
“Every time he backed Rios into a corner, Manny stepped back instead of going for it. He didn’t even try to put Rios away. That spoke volumes to me,” Bradley said.
Pacquiao, who lost his WBO welterweight belt to Bradley, seems determined to prove the American wrong.
“I will be the aggressor,” he said. “I will throw a lot of punches at him – more than I threw against Rios – and I will land them. Last time, I was too nice. This time, I will finish what I start.”
“The only way Bradley can beat me this time, is to knock me out,” he added. “He cannot outbox me.”