Tim Bradley: ‘I will be faster, hungrier than Manny Pacquiao’
The following are the third 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: Marquez had to KO Pacquiao to get a definitive result. Is that what you need? Why and how do you accomplish this? How do you beat Pacquiao?
Bradley: Marquez was in a little bit of a bigger hole when he knocked [Pacquiao] out. He had fought him three times and was not able to secure a win in any of the first three fights. He had tried everything and had failed, so a knockout was the only way he would win.
I am in a slightly different position than Marquez was. I have already beat Pacquiao once and that was on my first try. I don't think I have to knock him out to get a definitive result but if the knockout presents itself, I will take advantage of it.
The first fight, I injured my foot in the second round and by the fourth round, my ankle on my other foot was also messed up. The second half of the fight, I was coming on strong with two bad feet. I didn't have the movement that I normally have and I was outworking him.
I was fighting all three minutes of every round and not just the last 30 seconds of every round. This second fight against Manny Pacquiao, I will pick up right where I left off the first fight. This will just be rounds 13 thru 24.
I was able to show my boxing ability against Marquez with two good feet, so this will be no different. I will be faster than Pacquiao. I will have better defense than Pacquiao. I will be hungrier than Pacquiao.
I have been in the ring with Pacquiao, so I know exactly what to expect. There are a few adjustments that I will make and with two good feet under me and at the end of the night, I will be victorious again.