Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao plans to answer the questions put forward by unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. when they touch gloves for the second time in their April 12 rematch.
Bradley, who controversially defeated Pacquiao in June 2012, has not been shy in saying that the Filipino has lost his killer instinct, and has openly wondered why the “Pacman” was unable to knock out Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his match last November.
“He was fighting off the back foot a lot. He was getting out of the way, he was bobbing and weaving,” Bradley said in an interview during their press tour in Los Angeles. “He seemed a little different in there.”
“He wasn’t really willing to take chances like I normally see him do. When he sees a guy hurt or stunned, and he’ll go after him,” he added.
Bradley made it clear that Pacquiao “hasn’t lost his gifts at all.”
“But I just feel like the killer instinct is gone, man, I just think it’s gone,” he stressed.
Instead of being offended, Pacquiao welcomed Bradley’s questions and doubts.
“This is a good thing,” he told Fox Sports. “He said that in my face. He told me, ‘You don’t have a killer instinct anymore, you don’t have aggressiveness anymore, it’s my time, I’m gonna win this fight.’ Blah-blah-blah.”
“I told him, no. My time is not yet done,” Pacquiao said.
In another interview, Pacquiao said Bradley is only firing him up to prove that he can still fight at an elite level.
“That’s what I want, I like that,” said the “Pacman.” “He challenged me. I can still bring that aggressiveness and killer instinct, and I can prove to the people and to the fans that I can still fight.”
“I’m not done yet. My career in boxing is not done yet,” he said.
Bradley as awarded a split decision in their first fight, allowing him to gain the WBO welterweight title. It is widely considered as one of the most controversial decisions in the sport, as most boxing experts and ringside observers agree that Pacquiao dominated the 12-round encounter.