American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. was admittedly nervous when he fought Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in June 2012 but said he will be more relaxed in their rematch on April 12.
“My nerves in the first fight with Manny Pacquiao were unbelievable,” Bradley said in a Boxing Scene interview. “I had nerves and anxiety, and that can alter your game a little bit.” [http://www.boxingscene.com/bradley-no-injuries-fewer-nerves-pacquiao-rematch—74306]
Bradley also suffered injuries on both feet two rounds into the fight. Despite this, he went the distance and was awarded a highly controversial split decision victory.
It took two years, but the two will finally meet in a rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas, and Bradley assured that this time, he will not suffer from the same anxiety that troubled him in the first bout.
“This time around, man, I’ll be a lot more relaxed,” he vowed. “The more relaxed you are, the better fight you’ll have.”
The Pacquiao bout was Bradley’s first time to fight on pay-per-view, but he said he has since gotten used to the bright lights that come with such a big event.
“This is going to be my third pay-per-view attraction,” he said. “I have gained a lot of knowledge, and I’m definitely a lot more comfortable now with the bright lights, because the lights are definitely brighter than the regular HBO fight.”
“Millions of people are watching. People are paying to see the fight happen, so the lights are on, man,” he added.