Unbeaten boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. resolves to defeat Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao by knockout in their April 12 rematch, admitting that he will not be satisfied with a decision victory.
Bradley infamously outpointed Pacquiao when they first fought two years ago, but the split decision was widely criticized in boxing circles and is now considered as one of the worst decisions in the sport.
With a week to go before the rematch, Bradley declared in the second episode of HBO’s “24/7” reality show that he needs to win via stoppage in order to get the credit that he did not receive following their first encounter.
“Knockout. That’s the only way that this fight is going to end,” said Bradley, as quoted by RingTV.com. “A decision is not good enough.”
“(Last time) I won the fight, but I didn’t get any credit for it,” he pointed out.
For Bradley, the rematch is all about redemption. “I’m here to redeem what I didn’t get. On April 12, I’m going to show everybody. I’m going to show everybody. I’m going to shock the world again,” he said.
“But this time, I’m going to get the credit for it,” he vowed.
Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, has a more practical reason why his boxer needs to win by knockout.
“If the fight goes the distance, and it’s close, we’re not going to win,” he said. “Timothy has to put in the extra work to clearly beat Manny Pacquiao in every possible way to win this fight.”
“We know that Manny Pacquiao is always intense. He’s fast, and he hits hard, so I just have to keep it at an intense training level with Tim,” he added.
But Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, feels that Bradley’s desire to win by knockout may just play right into their hands.
“I think that somewhere along the way, Bradley will try to exchange with Manny, and Manny will catch him,” said the Hall-of-Fame trainer.
Pacquiao has not won by knockout since 2009, when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round. Bradley last won by knockout in November 2011, when he knocked out Joel Casamayor in the eighth round.