Reigning undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight Timothy Bradley is not impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous victory against Mexican-American Brandon Rios last year.
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, USA.
“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.”
“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 split decision was a fluke.
“Everybody knows that Bradley wasn’t the winner of that fight,” Penalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Manny is currently in tip top shape and Bradley will absorb all the punches round after round from Pacquiao during the fight.”
JOSEF T. RAMOS