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Bradley Didn't See Pacquiao's 'Killer Instinct' Against Rios

By Keith Idec

Manny Pacquiao didn’t look like the same fearless, ferocious fighter Timothy Bradley battled the night Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios.

According to Bradley, a more passive Pacquiao performed like a careful fighter who had been knocked unconscious in his previous bout.

“I didn’t see the killer instinct that I normally see with Pacquiao,” Bradley said Monday night, hours before a news conference Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., to officially announced his HBO Pay-Per-View rematch against Pacquiao. “I didn’t see that ‘finish him’ type of style with him. I saw that he was more cautious. Some may say that he was boxing smart. That’s not Pacquiao. We’re used to the Pacquiao who just comes through, wrecking things and being destructive and just knocking out guys.”

In his first fight after rival Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold with one perfectly place right hand, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) easily out-pointed Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) in their 12-round welterweight fight Nov. 23 in Macau, China. Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) still sensed that Rios had Pacquiao’s utmost respect right up until the final bell.

“Rios is a heavy-fisted puncher and he didn’t want to take chances,” Bradley said. “He didn’t want to get lured in and get possibly hurt or knocked out again.”

The 30-year-old Bradley believes he’ll encounter a more assertive Pacquiao than the version Rios opposed when they meet again April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I’m expecting him to be very aggressive in this rematch,” Bradley said. “I’m expecting him to come out and try to knock me out, do something spectacular for his people.”

The WBO welterweight champion’s reason for expecting Pacquiao, 35, to revert to his old Hall-of-Fame form is simple.

“I’m a light-fisted fighter,” Bradley said sarcastically. “A lot of guys say that I don’t hit hard or whatever. But it’s funny how a guy that doesn’t hit hard and is not that good of a boxer, supposedly, keeps winning championships and keeps beating legends in the sport. These guys are not running straight through me and Pacquiao’s not going to run straight through me.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Derranged on 02-05-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14204092]I like Bradley but they gonna rob him[/QUOTE] You mean how like Pac was robbed in the first fight?

Comment by jas on 02-05-2014

Pacquaio could have knocked rios out if he really wanted to. Rios punches were missing by a mile.

Comment by eagle0204 on 02-05-2014

:boxing::boxing:[QUOTE=Bronx2245;14203968]It depends on the undercard for Mayweather. So far, the only event getting my $70 is Canelo-Angulo![/QUOTE] Exactly, so far that's the only ppv I'm paying for !!!!

Comment by Nuff CeD on 02-05-2014

[QUOTE=UTEP;14203916]Haha, exactly. He forgot to mention that one was a gift decision and the other was against a 40 year old.[/QUOTE] I think you "forgot" to mention how Pac is also coming off 2 losses. One to the same 40…

Comment by bose on 02-04-2014

He didn't see the kill instict...scary stuff when he was showing the old Pacquiao form. Pac has learned to fight realx all while punching harder and throwing more punchs. Scary.

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