Pacquiao Admits Pressure is On, Needs To Be Impressive

By Rick Reeno

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) is not sugarcoating the reality of this Saturday's fight with unbeaten Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao needs an impressive performance. The Filipino superstar openly admits "the pressure is there" to look impressive after lackluster outings against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez.  

When asked about the last time he felt this kind of pressure to look impressive, Pacquiao turned back the clock to his close decision loss to Erik Morales in March 2005.

"After the fight with Morales, our first fight, [I felt the pressure to look good]," Pacquiao said to

Pacquiao returned strong and maintains a running streak of fifteen wins, including two knockout victories over Morales.

In his last two fights, although he won, the victories weren't impressive. He allowed Mosley to coast for the majority of their May 2011 twelve round fight. And during last November's majority decision win over Marquez, Pacquiao struggled to get a rhythm going.

While he blames Mosley for the lackluster outcome in the first half of 2011, he takes the full blame for the close points win over Marquez. The Mexican veteran, who held two lightweight titles at the time, moved up by nearly two weight divisions to face Pacquiao at a catch-weight of 144-pounds.

Pacquiao, like a lot of other people, felt Marquez would be too small to make it a fight. While Marquez was going to war with lightweight opponents like Juan Diaz, Pacquiao was fighting and beating much bigger boxers like Oscar De La Hoya, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

"It just happened, I think we underestimated Marquez, but we trained hard for that fight. The training was still the same. We trained hard for that fight. We underestimated Marquez," Pacquiao said.

"I've been fighting at 150, 147 and then this guy [who is] 140-pounds, 135, is moving up. I've been fighting with bigger guys and then I fight a guy who is the same size, so I kind of understimated [him]."

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, stood firm by his recent statement - that if Pacquiao looks bad in the Bradley fight, win or lose, he would sit down with his boxer and the discuss the possibility of retirement. And Pacquiao made it clear that if Roach advised him to retire, he would hang up the gloves.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 06-06-2012

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;12210974][B]Well mang you were probably too young to remember the thrilla in Manila ?[/B] Don't you even remember when Ali thought Frazier was washed up and that he would take care of business in an easy fight , but got…

Comment by twosweethooks on 06-06-2012

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;12210451]My thing is. What world renown trainer and P4P fighter of the decade would underestimate an opponent that gave him his 2 toughest fight to date prior to the 3rd? That was a cherry pick. They thought Marquez wouldn't be…

Comment by twosweethooks on 06-06-2012

Yes feel the pressure Pac !! Come and perform like days of OLD !! Mayweather would have beaten you UD if yer last fight hadn't been JMM !!! YOU coasted in the Mosley fight after the 4th OH oh, I'm…

Comment by Evol on 06-06-2012

now im not the type to believe everything anyone says but i believe this part from pac when he said that when he saw marquez in the ring marquez was bigger than him and he wasnt expecting that. i believe…

Comment by Evol on 06-06-2012

[QUOTE=waxfondler;12210798]pac lost me when he signed with margs.... its been downhill ever since.... he BETTER feel the pressure for this fight. tim is no joke. regarding the jmm excuses, the thing that bothers me is how he continued to say…

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