American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. insists he personally has nothing against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. But he firmly believes that the time has come for him to take his place as a superstar in boxing.
During Bradley and Pacquiao’s appearance in “Face Off” with Max Kellerman, the American did not hold back as he expressed his confidence ahead of their rematch on April 12.
“I don’t think that you’re old,” Bradley told Pacquiao, as quoted by RingTV. “I don’t think that you’re not a great fighter. You are a great fighter. You are a tremendous fighter.”
“But I just feel that it’s my time, and that’s it. That’s all. That’s all that it is. I have nothing bad to say to you, Manny. I just feel that it’s my time,” he said.
Bradley faced great criticism following his controversial victory against Pacquiao in their first fight two years ago. But he believes that he is better equipped now to claim a decisive win.
“I’m right in the forefront of greatness, and to being a superstar in the game. I’m a lot better than when I first faced Manny,” he claimed. “I’m a lot better now.”
“I’m a very smart fighter, and a very intelligent fighter. He (Pacquiao) doesn’t know what I’m going to do. He can guess and train for whatever,” he added.
Directly addressing the “Pacman,” Bradley said: “You know what the hardest thing about me is, Pacquiao? It’s that you just can’t train for one thing. I can do it all in there. I can brawl and I can box.”
Pacquiao, who does not usually engage in trash talk with opponents, merely told Bradley: “My time is not finished yet. My time is not yet done. I can say that.”
The Filipino idol seems to want his fists to do the talking instead.
“They should watch the fight to get rid of all the question marks in their minds,” said Pacquiao. “This will answer all of the questions from the past. The last fight that we had, this is the answer on April 12.”