‘My win vs. Pacquiao was no fluke’

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


TWO years ago, Timothy Bradley ended the run of arguably the best boxer in the world, Manny Pacquiao, by a close split decision but nobody gives him credit for that win.

Most believe that Pacquiao should have been given the nod and not him.

The 30-year-old Palm Springs native wants to prove everybody wrong after earning another shot against Pacquiao on April 12 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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“It feels great to get this rematch,” Bradley said in a report posted on The Desert Sun. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to get rid of this dark cloud that has been looming over me since 2012.”

Although it looked as if Pacquiao was off to another win, judges Dwayne Ford and CJ Ross scored it for Bradley 115-113, while Jerry Roth gave it to the Filipino superstar 115-113.

“This fight is to get the credit I didn’t get the first time,” said Bradley. “In this fight, I have to beat him as convincingly as I beat (Juan Manuel) Marquez.”

Following Bradley’s win over Pacquiao, he won by unanimous decision in a 12-round war with Ruslan Provodnikov and a split decision over Pacquiao’s rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“Now I’m not the little dog on the block. I’m a top dog,” Bradley said. “I’m a lot more mature as a fighter, as a man. I’m a little older, Pacquiao is a little older, so it’s different. I’ve had some great wins in those two years and I feel I’m more than ready.”

After his frustrating loss to Bradley in 2012, Pacquiao later that year suffered a sixth round knockout defeat to Marquez. However, Pacquiao bounced back in 2013, after an 11 month layoff, with a lopsided unanimous decision over slugger Brandon Rios.

“I think Manny Pacquiao will get aggressive until he gets hit,” Bradley said. “People are going to laugh about this, and it’s OK, they can laugh. But like I said, if I was a non-puncher, if I didn’t have anything, guys would walk completely straight through me. Guys who don’t have any power, I walk them down, I go straight to them. I eat ’em up. I eat ’em alive. If I didn’t have any power, or anything to keep guys honest, like Marquez, like Provodnikov and all these other guys, they wouldn’t worry. They would just come through.”

Bradley is unbeaten with a 31-0 record including 12 knockouts, while Pacquiao, an eight division world titleholder, is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts.

“This fight, he’ll get more aggressive, but it will open things up. I’m ready for whatever Pacquiao brings,” Bradley said. “I’m ready basically to win and get the credit I deserve that I didn’t get in the last fight.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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