Tim Bradley: “Manny Pacquiao’s hunger and killer instinct is gone”
“Eight to four,” insisted Tim Bradley. “Eight rounds to four, and I could sit down with anyone and show them that I won the first fight eight to four. Pacquiao/Bradley I…I won that fight eight to four. I won eight rounds by outboxing him. He missed the majority of the punches he threw.”
“I continue to beat the odds every single time. I don’t understand why people don’t believe in me and they don’t think I’m capable of doing it. I’m capable of doing anything I put my mind to and want to do. As long as I put my mind to it and work hard for it, I’m going to do whatever I want to do.”
When asked whether or not he thinks he would win the April 12th rematch with the 35 year old future Hall of Famer, Tim was very confident in his response.
“The only way you’re going to beat me, Manny, is to knock me out,” professed the current WBO Champion. “That’s the only way you’re going to beat me, Manny. If you don’t knock me out, I’m telling you right now, you’re not going to win. You’re not going to win, Manny.”
The Pacman gave a very candid and quick reply.
“We’ll see…he has to knock ME out to win,” stated Congressman Pacquiao. “My plan this fight is to throw a lot of punches. I have to prove that I can still put on a good show, and I have to show fans the ‘hungry’ Manny Pacquiao. Aggressiveness.”
The controversial victor of the first 2012 meeting offered his theory on whether or not Manny was still capable of putting forth a “throwback” performance, circa 2008.
“There’s nothing bad I can say about Manny. But that hunger that he’s looking for is no longer there,” observed the 30 year old pugilist.“ And he can’t get it back…it’s gone. It’s gone…it is, Manny. He doesn’t have that killer instinct. I don’t know how he lost it. But he’s not the same…he’s not the same, I’m telling you.”
“He’s still a tremendous fighter, but as far as his killer instinct…it’s not there.”
After moments of deliberation, a seemingly humored and somewhat entertained Pacquiao gave an honest rebuttal.
“I pray for that…that God gives me that fire,” Manny admitted. “I will pray for that. I believe that I can have that hunger again. With God’s grace, nothing is impossible. My time is not done yet…I’m not finished yet.”
Who’s correct? Is Manny’s time done in the sport of boxing, or does he still have the fire that originally propelled him to super stardom back in 2008?
We’ll find out on April 12th!!