In their initial scrap, Bradley unwittingly stole Pacquiao’s crown when criminally incompetent judges handed him a split decision.
“I won at least 10 rounds against Tim Bradley the first time we fought,” said Pacquiao, 35, who was named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s.
“I intend to win all the rounds against him this time regardless of the length of the fight. He said I have lost my hunger and that my time is over. Everything I am doing in training camp is aimed at proving to him just how wrong he is. I have all the respect for Bradley and what he has accomplished but I have no fear of him. He has inspired me to exceed my previous performances inside the ring. If Bradley wants to meet the fighter who stopped Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, he’s going to get his wish on April 12.”
Pacquiao most recently exited the squared circle in November after universally outscoring Brandon Rios to capture the WBO international welterweight belt.
Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao peppered the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.
“I was very happy with my performance against Brandon Rios,” said Pacquiao, who has compiled a record of 16-3-2 (8 KOs) in championship matches.
“Speed has always been a major weapon for me and I used it throughout the fight against Rios for one simple reason – it was working. The power is still there and I used it effectively against Rios to keep him off balance. Freddie and I came up with the game plan to mix things up against Rios. I would utilize my speed and foot movement in boxing him to keep him off balance then when he would come in out of frustration I would land the power punches.”
Comparatively, ranked as the world’s third premier pound-for-pound prizefighter, Bradley last trumped Juan Manuel Marquez in October.
Bradley was the aggressor and absolutely handled Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) throughout the competitive affair.
To offset Marquez’s ruggedness, Bradley utilized his blazing hand speed and elite footwork.
“Desert Storm” dominated with jabs and managed to avoid exchanges and getting lured into a slugfest.
Bradley rocked “Dinamita” with a left hook in the fight’s waning seconds that nearly floored the graying Mexican.
If a “Sin City” judge wasn’t incompetent, Bradley would have unanimously overcome Marquez on the cards.
Unfortunately for Bradley, despite being an extremely formidable pugilist, he possesses feathery fists and is incapable of hurting Pacquiao.
Plus, considering the revenge factor, Pacquiao will be supremely prepared for a sequel with Bradley.
“Going to get his wish on April 12," expect Manny Pacquiao to emphatically batter Timothy Bradley.