Pacquiao Vows: I Will Show Bradley My Speed and Power
When Manny Pacquiao meets Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Saturday, his motivation will extend beyond avenging what he views as an erroneous defeat in their first meeting nearly two years ago.
On that June night at the MGM Grand, which also provides the setting for the rematch, Pacquiao was on the wrong end of a controversial split decision that most felt should have favoured the Filipino.
That injustice alone provides ample inspiration to overcome Bradley, but the aging WBO welterweight champion has also been stung by taunts from the American that question his desire.
"The hunger that he's looking for? It's no longer there. It's gone. It's gone. He's a tremendous fighter but I don't see it," Bradley said.
"The reason why Pacquiao really needs to win this fight is because if he loses, think about it - his career might be over."
A loss to Bradley would be Pacquiao's third defeat in four contests, a sequence broken only by November's points victory over made-to-measure Brandon Rios.
The 35-year-old stands at a crossroads knowing victory over the accomplished if unspectacular Bradley would retain his place at boxing's top table. Any other outcome and retirement beckons for a modern day great.
Even an element of doubt clouds Pacquiao's own mind, amplifying the significance of his 63rd fight, but he is confident that a career beginning in 1995 will endure beyond this weekend.
"I'm always thinking about his (Bradley's) challenge that to me that I don't have that killer instinct or hunger any more," said Pacquiao.
"So I have to prove that to him and to myself. I will show him my speed and my power.
"I feel that in my physical body that I can still fight and that's what I believe."
The importance of inflicting a first defeat on Bradley is understood by Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach.
"This is a 'must-win' situation and if we don't win this fight we have to maybe consider retirement," Roach said.
"So this is a big, big fight for him. Some people think we are all done and we have to prove that we are not.
"We've had a great run. I don't think that it's close to being over.
"His work ethic is great and he's training really hard and he's not missing a step anywhere.
"You're going to see us around a lot longer than you think."
[QUOTE=hugh grant;14409640]True, its unfair on Pac, the standards held for Pac are impossibly high, people expect Pac to ko everyone, so that in itself made Pac go for KOs when they weren't there, and then he got ko'ed himself. Solely…Comment by KRITKL on 04-10-2014
3 more days till Manny puts hands on Timmy. Can't wait...hope we don't hear any excuses.Comment by Joe Grizzley on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=mathed;14409663]Punches in bunches and tired out by round 4........then Tim dominates the rest of the fight.[/QUOTE] Hells yeah man. Bradley got this. Pac is done, stick a fork in him. I wouldn't be shocked in the slightest if Bradley sparks…Comment by LouIE G on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;14409910]This post is just retarded. And ludacris? Really dude? I guess that's what rap will do to you. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] And you're still mad cuz i told you ,that you suck at predictions, mr.dale…Comment by LouIE G on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=TheBoxingBanger;14409887]mosley got knocked out by anthony mudine ..... who just got his a$$ beat by joshua clottey ..... who pac destroyed lol@ u[/QUOTE] What an idiot,mosely didnt phyically get knocked out! Lol@ u, know the difference between a technical knockout,…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (21)