After two years, Manny Pacquiao’s shocking loss to American Timothy Bradley continues to puzzle the "Pacman" even as he now has a chance to set the record straight in their rematch on April 12.
In June 2012, Pacquiao was a huge favorite against Bradley and lived up to the billing, controlling the 12-round welterweight fight clearly in the eyes of everyone except two judges, CJ Ross and Duane Ford.
Ross and Ford scored the bout in favor of Bradley, who became the first boxer in seven years to beat Pacquiao.
While the Filipino has been gracious in defeat, he admitted in a Boxing Scene interview that he still struggles to understand the judges’ decision.
“I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years,” Pacquiao said, as quoted by Rick Reeno of Boxing Scene. “I know who’s winning and who’s losing.”
“He (Bradley) is claiming that he won the fight. I don’t really have any idea (how anyone could have scored the fight in Bradley’s favor),” he added.
“I watched the replay of the fight. I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years. I just don’t know.”
Both Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, have said in previous interviews that they don’t consider the Bradley loss as a true setback, since the “Pacman” was considered the winner by majority of boxing fans and analysts anyway.
But Roach acknowledged that the loss was a teaching moment for Pacquiao, who took his foot off the pedal in the closing rounds.
“I think there were moments in that fight where we hurt him, and let him off the hook a little bit because Manny felt (there was no need to take a risk), because he was winning so easily,” Roach admitted.
“It was a good, learning lesson for both of us, because if you get him out there (knock him out), then there are no judges,” he pointed out. “I think there were instances in the first fight where Manny hurt him and could have got him out of there.”
Pacquiao can get his revenge on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in Manila), and both he and Roach said they are not worried about the judges, two of whom are not from Nevada upon the request of promoter Bob Arum.
“He (Pacquiao) is gonna dominate this fight, like he did the last time, but better,” said Roach on radio DZMM on Wednesday.