LOS ANGELES - On June 9, 2012, iconic Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao met American Timothy Bradley in the ring for the World Welterweight Championship, and, after 12 rounds, the judges decided that he lost. Bradley took home the welterweight title, and the decision was mired in controversy within the boxing world.
Now, Pacquiao and Bradley are set for a rematch on April 12 . But for Pacquiao, who is currently training hard for the event, the upcoming fight isn't about vengeance, it's about sport.
"I don't think vengeance or revenge, but I think it's just sports, you know. I have to prove that I can still fight and that I am the winner," Pacquiao told Reuters while training at the "Wild Card" boxing gym in Los Angeles.
Since the early 2000s, Pacquiao has become one of the most successful boxers of all time, with many boxing outlets rating him as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
He has even extended his career beyond the ring, serving as a congressman in his home country, the Philippines. He insists, however, that he is able to balance his various responsibilities, and still has plenty of time for boxing.
"This time management, what I did for time management, I have time for my family, for politics, being a public servant, and I have time for boxing," Pacquiao said in his native Tagalog.
The rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley will take place on April 12 in Las Vegas.