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Manny Pacquiao seeks convincing win over Timothy Bradley in rematch

Manny Pacquiao, who lost a split decision, insists he gave Timothy Bradley a boxing lesson in their first bout. He wants to leave nothing to chance in rematch.

February 04, 2014|By Lance Pugmire
  • Manny Pacquiao,left, will get his rematch against Timothy Bradley, right, on April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley won their June 2012 bout by split-decision.
Manny Pacquiao,left, will get his rematch against Timothy Bradley, right,… (Joe Klamar / Getty Images )

Timothy Bradley laid out some valid points about why he believes his April 12 rematch against Manny Pacquiao will be even more impressive than their June 2012 fight that Bradley won by a controversial split decision.

"He can still punch like hell, but I feel the killer instinct is gone," Bradley said Tuesday in Beverly Hills, where he and Pacquiao launched the promotion of their HBO pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), with more than triple the number of Bradley's knockouts, was asked about that zinger.

"That's what he said?" asked Pacquiao, who hasn't knocked out an opponent in his last seven bouts. "Well, that's what I'm planning to do in our fight."

Although the win over Pacquiao was a career highlight for Bradley, most in attendance at the fight thought Pacquiao was the deserving winner because of a wide advantage in punches thrown and landed.

The two judges who voted for Bradley in that bout — Duane Ford and C.J. Ross — have since retired.

"I was surprised, but I'm the kind of person … I respect and honor the judges," Pacquiao said.

Asked how he viewed Ford's comment that Bradley gave Pacquiao "a boxing lesson," Pacquiao countered, "I gave him a boxing lesson," and said he'll trust the judges assigned to the rematch.

"If a knockout comes, it comes," Pacquiao added. "I need to win convincingly."

Various oddsmakers have established Pacquiao as a 2-1 favorite.

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) said he will begin training in Indio on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao will start training in the Philippines, later to be joined by his trainer Freddie Roach, with more intense work beginning March 1 in Hollywood.

Roach said there's "plenty of time" to make Pacquiao fighting fit.

Pacquiao said he was impressed by Bradley's last two fights. In March, Bradley engaged in a toe-to-toe battle against Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov, surviving a 12th-round knockdown to win a narrow unanimous decision.

Then in October, Bradley outboxed Juan Manuel Marquez — who had knocked out Pacquiao in December 2012 — and claimed a split-decision win.

"He's tough and he can box, he's improved a lot after our fight," Pacquiao said.

"This Bradley is totally a different Bradley than the guy who fought Pacquiao last time. More confident, had as good a year as you can have," promoter Bob Arum said.

Bradley said he's out to win definitively.

"I know everyone didn't think I won the fight, [but] this fight is redemption for me, to get the credit I didn't get," Bradley said. "I know what to expect this time, it's like riding a bike — the second time is easier."

Pacquiao produced his own impressive win in November, rallying from the Marquez knockout to dominate former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in China.

"This is going to be a good fight, more action," Pacquiao said. "I'm thankful I have another chance to fight and I'll fight aggressive and smart, like I did," in beating Rios.

lance.pugmire@latimes.com

Twitter: @latimespugmire

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