Bradley: Pacquiao will have to kill me

Posted at 03/21/14 10:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley said he won't stop Team Pacquiao from making predictions, but claimed that the Filipino boxer won’t get the knockout win he is going after on April 12.

Pacquiao will have to go through the eye of a needle before he can reclaim the WBO welterweight title, Bradley said in The Desert Sun.

“I’m telling you I’m ready to go,” said the American fighter. “I’m so fired up, I’m so determined, Manny Pacquiao gotta kill me to stop me.”

Pacquiao and Bradley will meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a much awaited rematch.

Boxing coach Freddie Roach said the Filipino superstar handily dominated the first fight but did not finish Bradley out of compassion.

The move backfired as the Palms Springs native got the judges’ nod and took home the WBO belt.

“The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our Mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy,’” said Roach.

Bradley said that he won’t need any compassion when they meet again this April.

“Don’t show no compassion. Don’t show me none of that. I want the best Manny Pacquiao in the world. I want to fight the best. I want to put on a great show for all the fans on pay-per-view. I want to beat him, I want to put on a great show and I want to get what I didn’t get in the first fight, and that’s the credit I beat Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

Roach, however, believes that Bradley will stick to his hit-and-run tactic again to evade Pacquiao’s power punches.

He said Pacquiao will have to apply pressure on Bradley and force the American boxer into a slugfest.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time,” said Roach.

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