Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao said he has always respected the judges’ decision to award American Timothy Bradley a controversial victory in their June 2012 fight, but this also motivates him heading into their rematch in April.
Despite dominating the bout, Pacquiao shockingly lost to Bradley when two judges scored the fight in favor of the American. It was his first loss since 2005.
“I think I gave him a boxing lesson, and the judges gave me the bad decision,” said Pacquiao in a Fight News interview. “I think sometimes, I am too nice to my opponents. And I am a gentleman, so I have to respect the decisions of the judges.”
“I’m not angry about the decision; I was surprised,” he said.
The “bad decision” is now giving Pacquiao motivation to prove that he rightfully won the fight and reclaim the WBO welterweight belt that Bradley took.
“I need to win this fight,” Pacquiao stressed. “I have something to prove to the people. He’s claiming he won the fight, I believe that I won the fight, but we respect the decision of the judges.”
“This will be an exciting fight, because we both have something to prove,” he added. “There is a big question mark from the last fight, so we needed this second fight.”
Pacquiao expects the second fight to be better than the first one, especially since Bradley has improved considerably as a fighter. The American had an impressive 2013 campaign, beating Ruslan Provodnikov in March and Pacquiao’s great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, in October.
“He has improved a lot,” said Pacquiao. “We’ve seen that in his last two fights. I can say that it’s going to be a good fight. He impressed me in both fights after our fight. He can box now.”
Pacquiao will do his part to make the fight an entertaining one as he promised to be aggressive right from the opening bell.
“Expect more action – a young Manny Pacquiao, aggressive, throwing a lot more punches,” he said.