Bradley cites Pacquiao's age as factor in rematch


Posted at Feb 11 2014 03:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2014 11:25 PM

American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. believes age difference will play a factor in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao on April 12 in Las Vegas.

At 35, Pacquiao is five years older than Bradley.

“Manny’s what, 36 now? Ain’t no 36-year-old whipping my behind,” Bradley said in a Boston Herald interview.

“No way he’s going to out-punch me, outwork me. The only way he’s gonna beat me is to knock me out, because as long as I got life in me, I’ll keep punching,” he added. “I embrace that challenge with open arms.”

Bradley had controversially beaten Pacquiao when they first fought in June 2012, winning the WBO welterweight belt thanks to a split decision that is widely considered one of the worst in the history of the sport.

But Bradley remains convinced that he is the rightful winner of the first fight.

“I feel deep in my heart I won our first fight. They don’t feel I won the fight, and a lot of other people don’t feel I won, so I didn’t get any credit,” he said.

“This fight, I’m going to get credit I deserved from the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

Pacquiao, for his part, has said that he welcomes Bradley’s trash-talking, including the American’s doubts about his killer instinct and aggressiveness.

“I like that he challenged me,” Pacquiao said. “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,” he added. “My career in boxing is not done yet.”