Bradley reveals game plan for Pacquiao rematch
MANILA, Philippines – World welterweight champion Timothy Bradley has made no secret of his desire to once again fight Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, and already has a game plan should that fight ever materialize.
Bradley already holds a victory over Pacquiao, having beaten him via split decision when they fought in June 2012. But it was a Phyrric victory for the American, as most of the boxing media as well as fans believed that Pacquiao was the rightful winner of the fight.
The unbeaten Bradley has since won bouts against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, and is hoping to get a rematch against Pacquiao should the Filipino triumph against Brandon Rios on November 24.
In an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio, Bradley said he already has a plan of action against Pacquiao should a rematch push through.
“I’m just going to take it to his a**, I’m going to take it to his a**,” Bradley said. “Plain and simple.”
“I told you, the fight is personal. Everybody is like, ‘Oh, he ran the first time.’ Nah, I’m taking it to you, buddy, I’m going to tell you the game plan right now,” he added.
“The game plan is to bite down on my mouth piece and I’m taking it right to you from round one, and we are going to war,” he promised.
Bradley suffered foot injuries early in the bout against Pacquiao, which limited his movement. In his bout against Provodnikov last March, however, he has shown that he can go toe-to-toe with a strong puncher and survive.
“It’s plain and simple, I’m going to war this time,” he said. “Without a doubt in my mind, I’m going straight at him, and I’m attacking him from every angle.”
“I’m always going to have my great defense. I’m always going to use my defensive skills and my footwork to get out of range,” he added. “But for the most part, I’m going forward. I’m coming to get him.”
When it was pointed out to him that he was more successful against Pacquiao when he boxed instead of brawled, Bradley replied that it will be unlikely for him to once again win another decision against Pacquiao, especially if the rematch will be held in Asia.
“If I’m going over to Asia, I have no chance of winning the fight, so I might as well just go at him and make it a dog fight, because if I’m gonna take that trip over the big sea, there’s just no way in hell I’m gonna win a decision over in Asia,” he pointed out.
Pacquiao is fighting outside of the United States for the first time since 2006, as he will face Rios in Macau. His promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has implied that the Filipino’s future fights may be held in Asia as well.