Former two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion and Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Gerry Peñalosa said that the Pacman should avenge his loss to American Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in a rematch.
“The only best fight available left for Manny is Floyd May-weather but he is not available, so it’s better to fight Bradley in a rematch,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Although he lost via split decision last year, most people believe Manny really won that fight.”
After losing to Bradley in June 2012, Pacquiao suffered a sixth round technical knockout from archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in November.
“I’m so confident that he can lopsidedly beat Bradley if ever he’ll be in the same form as when he defeated Brandon Rios,” said Peñalosa, referring to Pacquiao’s comeback victory last November 23 in Macau China.
“The rematch between Pac-quiao and Bradley is what the people want unless Floyd changed his mind and fight Manny,” added Peñalosa, who is now a boxing promoter and a partner of Pacquiao’s boxing promotion MAG Pac-man promotion.
Meanwhile, former world champion and Pacquiao spar mate Amir Khan, also said that the Filipino ring icon should for his next bout fight Bradley.
“I think a Tim Bradley fight makes sense,” Khan told Julio Garcia of The Boxing Voice.com. “He is a Top Rank fighter and they normally stay within their own stable.”
Khan was also impressed by Pacquiao’s performance against Rios.
“I was quite impressed with his performance especially coming off a really bad knockout,” said Khan, referring to Pacquiao’s lost to Marquez last year.
“His opponent stood in front of him, tried to fight him and Manny Pacquiao fought him back and beat him to every punch. Every round, Manny won.”