Manny Pacquiao speaking in New York during his press conference ahead of his rematch with Tim Bradley (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
As seen in recent update from HustleBoss.com, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley recently expressed his belief that his next opponent Manny Pacquiao, who he faces in an April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, has seen his tenacity softened a bit heading into the twilight of his career.
“At the face off, he couldn’t even say that he wanted to knock me out,” Bradley said of his encounter with Pacquiao earlier this week.
“It’s like he’s so humbled and he believes in what he believes in,” Bradley added.
But if Bradley, who won a controversial split-decision over Pacquiao in June of 2012, is expecting an easy touch in a few months’ time, he may be in for a surprise.
“Yes, that’s what I want,” Pacquiao said during a recent talk with Marc Abrams in regards to Bradley’s comments. “I like that. He challenged me.”
Pacquiao admittedly let off the gas pedal in his first match with Bradley, an act that helped propel him towards a narrow defeat.
And with such a significant fight around the corner, you can sense how much Pacquiao is relishing the opportunity to turn the tables.
“Yes, I can still bring that aggressiveness and killer instinct and prove to the people and to the fans that I can still fight,” said Pacquiao. “I’m not done yet. My career in boxing is not done yet.”
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