MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao welcomes the barbs of unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. ahead of their welterweight rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Bradley had spurred Pacquiao to show “no compassion” when they face off again, two years after Bradley controversially beat Pacquiao via split decision.
“I’m so fired up, I’m so determined. Manny Pacquiao gotta kill me to stop me,” Bradley said.
Speaking to PhilBoxing, Pacquiao assured his supporters that Bradley “will get what he wants.”
“He will be fighting the best Manny Pacquiao in a long time, because I will be stepping up that ring well-prepared and very determined to prove to all who really won our first encounter two years ago,” said Pacquiao.
“I have been training long and hard for this fight to win back the title that was unceremoniously taken away from me,” he added, referring to the WBO welterweight belt that he dropped to the American.
“I intend to do that for all the boxing fans who also thought I won the first fight, and especially to my countrymen.”
Pacquiao, who is in Los Angeles for the second phase of training camp, welcomes the news that Bradley has been preparing hard for their showdown.
“I know Bradley is also preparing hard, like me, (because) he also wants to prove something. Well and good. Ang ibig sabihin, laban din siya,” said Pacquiao. “So maganda ‘yan para sa mga boxing fans, matutuwa sila.”