Bradley vows to show no compassion in rematch
American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. has no plans of showing any signs of compassion when he defends his welterweight belt against Manny Pacquiao on April 12, and encouraged the “Pacman” to do the same.
“For the 36 minutes that we will be in the ring, I am not expecting any compassion from him,” said Bradley, as quoted by RingTV. “And he will absolutely get no compassion from me.”
Bradley has not been shy about casting doubts regarding Pacquiao’s killer instinct and hunger to win ahead of the rematch, repeatedly saying the “Pacman” no longer had the “fire.”
“The killer instinct that made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool and the fire that knocked out Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and badly damaged Antonio Margarito is just no longer there,” Bradley reiterated.
The turning point, Bradley believes, came in Pacquiao’s fourth bout against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, which saw the Filipino get brutally knocked out with just one second to go in the sixth round.
“I think that Marquez KO gave him a lot to think about,” Bradley said. “He was turning it on there, and in my opinion, he was a couple rounds away from stopping Marquez.”
“But then, he just never saw that right hand coming, and it was lights out,” he added, referring to the monstrous Marquez right hand that landed flush on Pacquiao, sending him face down to the canvas.
Bradley is hoping that Pacquiao can regain that fire and hunger in time for their rematch.
“I hope come April 12, Manny can find that fire and be the Pacquiao of old, because this is the hurt business,” said the American.