MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao warned American opponent Timothy Bradley Jr. to be careful of what he wishes for ahead of their rematch for the WBO welterweight title on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Bradley, who controversially defeated Pacquiao when they first fought in June 2012, has claimed repeatedly that the “Pacman” has lost the killer instinct that once made him the best fighter in the world.
“He said I have lost my hunger and that my time is over,” Pacquiao said in a blog that appeared on PhilBoxing. “Everything I am doing in training camp is aimed at proving to him just how wrong he is.”
“I have all the respect for Bradley and what he has accomplished, but I have no fear of him,” Pacquiao added.
The Filipino said Bradley’s taunts have inspired him to “exceed my previous performances inside the ring,” and that the American will find himself face-to-face with the “old” Pacquiao come fight time.
“If Bradley wants to meet the fighter who stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, he’s going to get his wish on April 12,” said Pacquiao.
Beating Bradley on April 12 will be sweet revenge for Pacquiao, who lost a split decision in their first fight despite seemingly being the more dominant fighter.
“I won at least 10 rounds against Tim Bradley the first time we fought,” said Pacquiao. “I intend to win all the rounds against him this time, regardless of the length of the fight.”
Pacquiao said he has learned a lesson from his brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012 and will put it to good use against Bradley.
“The one thing I learned from my fight against Marquez was patience,” he said. “When I had him teetering, I became reckless and went in to finish him. I was careless and he landed the perfect punch.”
“That was learning a lesson the hard way, but I learned it. I still have the killer instinct. I am not afraid to use my power and go for the knockout,” he vowed.
This does not mean he will actively seek a stoppage win against Bradley, however, even if this is something that will make his trainer, Freddie Roach, happy.
“I will remember the lesson I learned from my last fight with Marquez. Knockouts need to come naturally, you should not force them,” said Pacquiao. “But Freddie likes knockouts, and I like to make Freddie happy.”