'Inspired' Pacquiao wants belt back from Bradley
Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is highly motivated to defeat American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr., not just to regain his WBO welterweight belt also to prove that he is still an elite fighter.
Pacquiao, who will face Bradley in a rematch on April 12, acknowledged that he is facing several questions ahead of the welterweight showdown.
“There a lot of people who doubt I can fight the same way I fought when I knocked out Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera,” the Filipino icon told RingTV.
“I want to prove to them that I am the best,” he stressed.
Against Bradley, Pacquiao is trying to avenge a controversial June 2012 loss that saw the American defeat him via split decision, to the surprise of majority of the boxing world.
“I am inspired. I am the challenger,” Pacquiao said of the upcoming rematch. “I know I will need to outbox and outspeed Bradley, and that is what I will do.”
“This is the first time I have challenged for a world title that I lost. Do I want it back? You bet I do,” he stressed. “I want it back from Tim Bradley.”
Pacquiao is currently training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. He spent the first phase of his training camp in his hometown of General Santos City.