Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao said he was not surprised to see Timothy Bradley actively seek a knockout against him in their WBO welterweight rematch Saturday in Las Vegas.
Bradley, who is more known for his slick boxing style, fought aggressively against Pacquiao, often winding up for big shots, although the “Pacman” was able to evade most of his power punches.
“Alam na alam ko naman, anticipated ko naman ‘yung style ni Bradley, so hindi ako masyadong nag-adjust or nahirapan sa taas ng ring,” Pacquiao on “Buzz ng Bayan” on Sunday.
“Ine-expect ko na rin ‘yung tatakbo siya, and then makikipagpalitan siya, tatakbo siya then makikipagpalitan siya. Expected ko na ‘yun, na ganoon ang magiging style niya,” he added.
Pacquiao was briefly in trouble in the fourth round, when he got hit with a huge right hand that dazed him, but the Filipino recovered well and seized complete control of the bout a couple of rounds later.
When asked if he found the rematch easy, Pacquiao said: “Ang laban na ito, siguro, may madali at may mahirap din na pagkakataon.”
“Nahirapan ako noong gumagalaw-galaw siya. Mas madali sa akin, easy sa akin kapag nakahinto lang siya at hindi tumatakbo-takbo,” he added.
Pacquiao was more successful in the second half of the 12-rounder, when he was repeatedly able to pin Bradley against the ropes and unleash a flurry of punches. He also clearly hurt Bradley in the seventh round, landing a cracking left hand that buzzed the American.
Although Pacquiao was unable to register his first knockout victory since 2009, the “Pacman” was satisfied with the result of the fight.
“Maganda naman ang naging resulta ng laban,” he said, later adding, “Itong fight na ito ang magpapatunay na the journey of my boxing career will continue.”