REIGNING undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight Timothy Bradley dismissed any fear of being outsmarted by Manny Pacquiao in their rematch next month, saying he is not impressed with the Filipino boxer’s recent unanimous victory against Mexican-American Brandon Rios.
“It’s not impressive,” Bradley told ABS CBN North America writer Bev Llorente. “I’ve already been in the ring with Pacquiao. I know what to expect, I know what I got to do to win the fight. I know what he is gonna bring.”
The 35-year-old Pacquiao and the 30-year-old Bradley will clash on April 12 in a rematch for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, United States.
“I know he is gonna try to bring the pressure on me. It’s not gonna work. Right now, it’s not gonna work. He is gonna have to definitely out-think me in there. He has to be a lot faster,” he added. “My footwork will win this fight for me, and my defense.”
“Pacquiao doesn’t fight anybody with the same speed as he is. He is a quick fighter, but I’m quick too. I’m just as quick, and I’m smarter than he is. He has to be in very good shape, because like I said, I’m not gonna take ‘no’ for an answer. I’m gonna win this fight,” said Bradley.
But Pacquiao’s promotion and business partner Gerry Penalosa said Bradley’s victory over Pacquiao via a split decision on the WBO title in June 2012 was a fluke.
“Everybody knows that Bradley wasn’t the winner of that fight,” Penalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview.