HOLLYWOOD – Tim Bradley says there is only one way Manny Pacquiao would be able to beat him inside the ring – knock him out.
Otherwise, the unbeaten American believes he is more than capable of repeating the shock win he pulled off against the man once considered as the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound.
The 30-year-old Bradley spent most of his media workout on Thursday (Friday Manila time) at the Fortune gym in Sunset Boulevard trying to convince everyone that he’s in top shape for the April 13 (Manila time) rematch and ready to go even 15 rounds against his celebrated challenger.
“Knock me out, that’s the only way,” when asked what it will take for the Filipino boxing legend to regain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title. “Manny has to knock me out.”
Bradley, who trained under the watchful eyes of Joel Diaz during the hour-long workout, is aware of Pacquiao’s vaunted power, something that distinguished him from the pride of General Santos City.
“I’m not a knockout artist, he’s a knockout machine,” he said of the famed Filipino southpaw, who carries a mean record of 55-5-2 (38 KOs).
But Pacquiao has not knocked out an opponent since 2009 against Miguel Cotto (12th round TKO), having gone the distance in six of his last seven fights opposite Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Bradley, and Brandon Rios.
Still, the reigning champion is aware he has a lot to prove in the 12-round bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, given the circumstances surrounding his 2012 victory against the eight-time world champion that ended in a controversial split decision in his favor.
Despite pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, the native of Palm Springs, California admitted not being given the credit he deserves as the WBO welterweight title holder.
And that’s the reason why he thinks it’s him more than the 35-year-old Pacquiao who has to go out and show the world what kind of a fighter Tim Bradley is.
“It’s a must-win fight for me,” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) told a throng of mediamen present at the gym, which incidentally, is owned by Justine Fortune, the strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao.
“I have to win this fight. Anything after that is gravy, the icing on the cake.”