The following is the final round of training camp notes for WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley in advance of his April 12 rematch with Manny Pacquiao, whom Bradley dethroned by split decision in June 2012.
The notes were taken from a press release distributed by HBO on behalf of Top Rank Inc. in advance of Bradley-Pacquiao II, which will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During two fights over the course of 2013, Bradley rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March and then won a split decision over four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez in October.
Pacquiao lost his following bout in December 2012 by sixth-round stoppage to Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1, before winning a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in his last fight in November of last year.
The WBO has declared that the winner of Bradley-Pacquiao II must face that between Marquez and Mike Alvarado, who will fight on May 17.
Question for Bradley: In what ways do you think Manny Pacquiao has changed as a fighter during the two years since your first fight against him?
Bradley: Manny Pacquiao has always been a great fighter and from what I have heard, he is a great person. But I think in the last two years Manny has become a more compassionate fighter. I think he lost the fire that made him the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
That 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 are just no longer there.
I think his skillset is still there but he just cannot turn it on like he used to anymore. In the Brandon Rios fight, I saw he had Rios up against the ropes and then he stopped throwing his punches. He took a couple steps back and let Rios out.
I think that Marquez KO gave him a lot to think about because 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.
I hope come April 12, Manny can find that fire and be the Pacquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those 36 minutes that we will be in the ring, I am not expecting any compassion from him.
He will get absolutely no compassion from me. In that ring, it is all about my family eating or his family eating. Manny Pacquiao will have to knock me out to stop my family from eating.