Bradley warns Pacquiao of 'different beast' in rematch
Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. tells Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to expect a “different beast” when they face off for the second time on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Bradley holds a victory over Pacquiao already, but it was a controversial split decision that few fans believed the American deserved.
Because of this, Bradley said he still has “a lot to prove” heading into the rematch, which will see him defend the WBO welterweight belt that he won off Pacquiao in their first fight.
“The number one (thing that I have to prove) is that the first fight was not a fluke,” Bradley said in a conference call on Saturday. “There were a lot of things that happened in the first fight that weren’t right.”
“This time, I will be 100% ready,” he vowed.
Bradley said he has gained a lot of experience in the two years since he first fought Pacquiao, thanks in part to his 12-round war against Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 as well as his battle against Juan Manuel Marquez last October.
“So I am a different fighter now. A different beast, a different animal this time around, and I am going to prove that to the fans and everybody watching,” Bradley said.
“I got the win, but it felt like I lost because I didn’t get any credit from the fans, and it’s important to get the credit from the fans. I feel I need to showcase myself and win by a large margin,” he added.
Bradley injured both of his feet in the first fight, but he said he is perfectly healthy this time around.
“There is nothing to be concerned about regarding my health right now,” he said. “I am 110% right now. There is not a fighter that goes into the ring that is not 110%. I am mentally and physically dialed in for the fight.”
Bradley stressed that his intention heading into the second fight is to “win this fight with no questions.”
“We have a game plan, and I am going to go out there and execute my game plan, and that’s that,” he said.
“When I fight in the trenches or a war, or I go outbox Manny Pacquiao – I will win no matter what,” Bradley vowed.