Tim Bradley speaking in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)
By Chris Robinson
Tim Bradley is the type of person who leaves little to the imagination.
So upfront and confident is Bradley about his abilities as a prizefighter that it’s easy to gravitate towards him and get a little caught up in the rhetoric.
Heading into his April 12 rematch with Manny Pacquiao, Bradley knows all too well how crucial a convincing victory is in the wake of his controversial split-decision win in their first encounter 20 months ago.
“For me, my label is ‘Redemption’,” Bradley explained while speaking to various media members at the Pacquiao-Bradley II kickoff press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.
“That word right there sticks with me because I beat this guy already but nobody believed that I did,” Bradley continued. “I didn’t get any credit for it but now I need to get that credit. This fight has to happen so I can sleep at night. I need this fight just as well as he needs this fight.”
Asked what he must do in order to leave no doubt the second time around, Bradley got bold and pondered the possibility of scoring a stoppage victory over Pacquiao.
“Man, if I could knock him out somehow, that would be the exclamation point right there and my stock would go through the roof,” Bradley explained. “Everybody would be on the Tim Bradley bandwagon. If I win a close decision, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ll be happy with it but I don’t know that everybody else would be happy.”
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