Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. wants to face a more aggressive Manny Pacquiao in his April 12 rematch against the Filipino boxing icon, nearly two years after controversially beating the Filipino.
Bradley told Boxing Scene that he was getting a chance at redemption after not getting any credit for his split decision victory over Pacquiao in June 2012, a result that was widely considered one of the worst decisions in boxing history.
“It’s redemption time, baby,” he said. “I am here to capture what I missed in the first fight, which is the credit for beating a legend like him… I have to win, and I have to win decisively. There can’t be questions about it.”
“In the first fight, I didn’t know what to expect. Now, I can sleep. I am very confident going into this fight,” he added. “I hope he is more aggressive. That is what I want.”
Bradley pointed out that Pacquiao was unable to put him away in their first fight even though he suffered foot injuries early on.
“He couldn’t knock me out in the first fight when I was hurt. I was wounded prey in the ring, and he couldn’t stop me then. They think he can stop me now? This is redemption. I can’t wait to get back in there and take care of business,” he said.
Bradley may just get his wish as Pacquiao vowed to be the aggressor in their rematch.
“The only way Bradley can beat me this time is to knock me out. He cannot outbox me,” Pacquiao said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “I will be the aggressor. I will throw a lot of punches at him, and I will land them.”
“Last time, I was too nice. This time, I will finish what I start,” he vowed. “I want to get back the belt he won off of me.”
Bradley will defend the WBO welterweight belt against Pacquiao on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.