Pacquiao a punisher no more, says Bradley
MANILA, Philippines – It appears that Timothy Bradley is trying to anger Manny Pacquiao some more as he reiterated his claim that the Filipino superstar is no longer the mythical fighter of yore.
The WBO welterweight champion said he has gotten used to seeing the Filipino pummeling his foes, unlike the "mellowed version" of Pacquiao in recent years.
"Manny used to be like a storm, man, Manny Pacquiao was a punisher," said Bradley in RingTV. "He used to be blazing. He used to just knock guys out. He didn't mess around."
Bradley said Pacquiao could have knocked Brandon Rios out when the two fought in Macau last November.
In that bout, Rios appeared as the slower fighter, making him vulnerable against Pacquiao’s accurate punches. The fleet-footed Filipino, however, didn't knock the Mexican-American out.
"Manny had him right there in front of him and he couldn't get rid of him when he's supposed to be one of the more vicious punchers in the game," said Bradley.
The undefeated American has already told Pacquiao this when they met face-to-face in HBO's Face Off: Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley II. It appeared to be a ploy to anger the Filipino boxer.
Pacquiao for his part promised to unleash the "old Manny" against Bradley.
"I do not think Bradley will fight toe-to-toe with me, so I will have to hunt him down," he said during Wednesday’s teleconference call with the boxing media. He said he won’t hesitate to knock the American out if the opportunity presents itself.
"I am going to go for it (knockout)," said Pacquiao.