By Fe Koons
Beverly Hills, CA – At the Beverly Hills Hotel, the mainstream, Latino and Filipino American media packed the Crystal Ballroom for the press conference of the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight. Soon as the press conference began, promoter Bob Arum announced members of the teams of both boxers.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao assured the media that a much “younger” and energetic Manny Pacquiao will defeat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas at their world welterweight championship rematch.
Pacquiao stressed that he respects Bradley. “I am impressed by his last two fights. He’s improved a lot in his fight against Marquez, I think. He can box and he’s tough.
There will be more action in the ring. I am thankful to God that I have another chance to fight aggressive. We have to train hard. “ Pacquiao said.
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley pointed out that the rematch is redemption for the boxer. “It is coming to terms. I’m gonna beat Pacquiao. He’s gonna be fierce but I feel that I will be victorious. When I step out there in the ring, I will win,” he said.
When Pacquiao and Bradley first fought on June 9, 2012 at MGM Grand, Bradley won via a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao’s welterweight reign as well as his seven-year 15-bout winning streak. Neither of them was satisfied. Many clamored for a rematch after the fight. Now these top two pugilists will settle the controversy on April “For Paquiao who defeated Rios, it means getting back his title. “I am prepared to
endure my hardest training camp even to win this fight against Bradley. As always, I dedicate this fight to my countrymen throughout the world and to bring glory to the Philippines, “Pacquiao emphasized.
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach added that Tim Bradley is one of the toughest guys in the world. “Tim looked even better when he won his last fight with Marquez.
Manny and I have our work cut out for us to successfully challenge him on April 12,” Roach said further.
For Pacquiao it is not going to be an easy fight, considering that Bradley beat Marquez who knocked down Pacquiao. But the boxing congressman from the Philippines is hungry to win back the WBO welterweight title from Bradley and prove to the world that he is the real champ!
Pacquiao from Sarangani province is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many divisions. No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacman.
He is also credited with more than 12 million pay per view buys.
Bradley returns to the ring after two recent consecutive victories winning over Ruslan Provodnikov last March and defeating Mexican icon Juan Marquez on October 12, 2013.
Bradley seeks redemption in Pacquiao rematch
Bradley knows that in the minds of many there’s a blemish on his ostensibly perfect 31-0 ring record.
He’s aiming to set that right against Manny Pacquiao in April.
“This fight is to clean up the uncertainty, clean up the controversy, to redeem what I didn’t get after the first fight—which is the credit for beating Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said Tuesday as the build-up to the April 12 bout in Las Vegas began.
There was no war of words as the two met the press in a glittering Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom, just mutual respect and a determination voiced by both fighters to set the record straight.
With the win, unheralded Bradley snapped Pacquiao’s 15-fight, seven-year winning streak, but the decision sparked outrage in the boxing-crazy Philippines and in the United States, where two senators pushed for the creation of a national boxing commission to regulate the sport.
The World Boxing Organization later said the special panel it asked to review the bout said the decision should have gone to Pacquiao, but Bradley kept the WBO welterweight world title that he has since defended twice.
“I know in my heart I won the fight,” Bradley said. “This is for the people. This for the world so I can walk down the street and people will say, ‘Damn, you beat Manny Pacquiao.’”
Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley was followed by another defeat, against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez later in 2012.
The back-to-back defeats had many speculating that Pacquiao, who boasts a record of 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts would soon retire from the ring and focus on his political career.
He beat American Brandon Rios in convincing fashion in Macau in November, and the 35-year-old promised Tuesday that on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Bradley would see “the young Pacquiao” with the aggression and speed that helped him earn eight world titles in as many weight classes.
“Both of us, we have something to prove in this fight,” Pacquiao said. “I want my title back and I am prepared to endure my hardest training camp ever to win this fight, Pacquiao said.
“This is going to be a good fight, more action. I’m thankful I have another chance to fight and I’ll fight aggressive and smart.”
Since moving up in weight to beat Pacquiao in 2012, Bradley has delivered two impressive title defences. He won a brutal 12-round decision over Ruslan Provodnikov, suffering a concussion in the process, and in October gained a split-decision victory over three-division world champion and Mexican icon Marquez.
Bradley says he’s eager to face a Pacquiao fighting at his peak. But he believes the ring icon has lost some of his drive.
“He’s very compassionate,” Bradley said. “He still has all the skill sets, he still can punch, I just feel the killer instinct is gone.” (Rebecca Bryan, AFP)