The rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is more than two months away. As the boxers promote their fight, the trash talk has already begun.
Bradley is exuding confidence heading into his next bout. The 30-year-old has won every fight in his professional career, including his first one with Pacquiao in June 2012. Since then, Bradley has successfully defended the WBO welterweight title twice. Pac-Man beat Brandon Rios decisively in November, but was knocked out the previous time he stepped in the ring.
“He’s a nice dude, man,” Bradley told the New York Daily News Thursday at a press conference in Manhattan. “Pacquiao is very humble, very spiritual. But I don’t think he has that killer instinct. I don’t think he has that fire in him. I really don’t.”
Even though he beat Pacquiao less than two years ago, Bradley has a chip on his shoulder entering the rematch. He was awarded the split decision, but most experts who saw the fight thought Pacquiao was the clear winner. He has since defeated Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. However, Bradley has yet to prove to many in the boxing world that he can beat one of the best of fighters of the past decade.
"This fight is basically redemption for me," Bradley said, accord to ESPN. "I feel deep in my heart I won the first fight. They don't feel I won the fight and I didn't get any credit. This fight is basically redemption for me. I'm gonna beat Manny Pacquiao and get the credit I didn't get in the first fight. That's the bottom line."
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At this point, it doesn’t look like Pacquiao will spar with Bradley through the media. He’s refused to say that he expects to win, even though he’s the favorite.
“In my face Bradley told me that I don’t have the killer instinct anymore and I don’t have the aggressiveness anymore,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not predicting this fight. I’m not saying I’ll knock him out. But I will do my best to win convincingly.”
Pacquiao knows he has to let his performance do the talking. The decision against Bradley may have been controversial, but it was still a loss. After losing two straight bouts, the 35-year-old is looking to show that he’s still one of the best fighters around.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, didn’t take too kindly to Bradley’s words. He said he would use it as motivation for Pac-Man when he trains for the fight.