Pacman lost killer instinct: Bradley

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


CEBU CITY -- Timothy Bradley criticized Manny Pacquiao, saying he already lost his “killer instinct,” the fire that once lifted him to the pinnacle of boxing greatness.

Pacquiao, however, thinks differently and wants to show the world that he still has some good years in him, starting with a win over Bradley in their rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“No one has ever defeated Tim Bradley during his professional career. I want to be the first name in his loss column. It will not be easy. Nothing at the world championship level is easy. I still have the hunger and the desire to win and I appreciate Tim Bradley giving me this rematch to prove it. Unfortunately for him, on April 12, I will not be able to repay him that favor with kindness,” Pacquiao said in a report posted at Philboxing.com.

Losses

Pacquiao suffered one of his most devastating losses in 2012. He was knocked out cold in the sixth round by rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Despite that loss and despite being at the age of 35, Pacquiao still believes that he can still pull the trigger.

“My motivation is the same now as it was when I started my boxing career. I love the competition and I love to win. When that stops, so does my professional boxing career.

But I don’t see that happening for a long time. Because I am facing Tim Bradley again and I am extra motivated for this fight. I may not have won the decision the first time we fought, but I know I did not lose that fight. I want the world title he won from me back around my waist. I want to prove I am the better fighter. Freddie Roach and Justin Fortune are asking more from me in this training camp than I have ever given before and as hard as that to do, I am giving them everything they have asked of me. Too much is at stake for me and for my country. I want to end my career on a winning streak and against the best fighters,” said Pacquiao.

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The 30-year-old Bradley ended Pacquiao’s amazing streak of 15 fights -- which included wins over Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales -- in 2012. Bradley walked away with the a controversial split decision, in a fight that most thought Pacquiao won. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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