Pacquiao: I never lost my killer instinct

Posted at 04/10/2014 11:15 PM

MANILA – Contrary to what Timothy Bradley and his team believe, Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hasn't lost his killer instinct.

This is according to the Filipino boxing icon himself.

Bradley has repeatedly accused Pacquiao of having lost his killer instinct inside the ring, claiming the “Pacman” could not pull the trigger against Brandon Rios in their fight last December 2013.

In an interview with ESPN, Pacquiao was directly asked how he plans to get his killer instinct back, if it's true he has lost it.

“I don’t think I ever lost it,” the Filipino boxer responded.

Pacquiao, who has not won by knockout since 2009, instead pointed out that he is fighting bigger fighters with different styles at welterweight, a factor in the lack of stoppages.

“I’m a fighter, and different fights are different,” he explained. “This is a bigger weight class now, and it’s just different styles in different fights. In the beginning, when I was fighting at 140 and 135 (pounds), I was stronger.”

“And now, (my opponents’) styles are different now. I fought (Antonio) Margarito and different guys who are bigger and tougher,” he added.

He has a chance to end his knockout drought against Bradley on Saturday in Las Vegas, as he challenges the American for the WBO welterweight belt in a rematch of their controversial June 2012 fight.

“I think now, I am more smart and not as reckless,” Pacquiao said when asked how he has changed since he first fought Bradley.

“I just want to dominate,” he added.