MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao vows to bring back his trademark aggressiveness once his steps into the ring with Timothy Bradley on April 12.
But the Filipino boxer promised not to make the same mistake that he did against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
“Pinagaaralan natin ‘yung aggressive [fighting] pero naka-defense,” the eight-division former world champion told Jay Dayupay of ABS-CBN General Santos City.
During the fourth Marquez fight, the Filipino superstar engaged the Mexican counterpuncher in six thrilling rounds. Pacquiao tried to go for the kill in the sixth after dropping Marquez in the fifth round. However, he got hit with the Mexican’s counter right hand, which effectively knocked him out.
Pacquiao said it will be different against Bradley this time.
“Naka-focus ako... more on aggressiveness and killer instinct, 'yung speed natin, side-to-side [movements] at pressure sa kalaban,” he said.
The Pinoy pride has already started sparring in General Santos City on Tuesday, re-calibrating his skills against Lydell Rhodes for four rounds.
Pacquiao caught Rhodes with a series of left hands and even bloodied his sparring partner’s nose at one point.
“Manny's very good, very skilled. [He's] very fast, very strong… He threw a lot of punches and oh, yeah he punches very hard, I felt them, yeah,” said Rhodes after the sparring session.
Pacquiao will try to reclaim the WBO welterweight crown from Bradley when they meet again this April.
Bradley won via a controversial decision when they first fought in June 2013.