Crawford believes pal Bradley beat Pacquiao in first match - and will beat him again on April 9
Tim Bradley will fight Manny Pacquiao for a third time on April 9. AP

WBO junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford is confident Timothy Bradley will send Manny Pacquiao into retirement with a loss in their April 9 rubber match in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the press conference to announce his February 27 title defense against Hank Lundy to be staged at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, Crawford made his pick known loud, clear, and straightforward.

“He’s going to win,” said Crawford, as quoted by Boxingscene.com.

When asked why, Crawford simply replied: “Because he is going to win.”

A winner of 27 matches including 19 knockouts, Crawford was considered among Pacquiao's next possible opponent along with Amir Khan and Bradley. But he will fight Lundy instead after Top Rank, Pacquiao’s handler, thumbed him down.

Crawford, though, clarified in the interview that he is happy Bradley, who he considers a friend, gets another crack at Pacquiao again.

“Tim deserves it. Tim is one of those fighters who’s been putting his life on the line his whole career, beat a lot of good fighters and did a lot of great things in boxing, and never got the credit he deserves,” said Crawford.

Crawford even believed Bradley really won their first fight in 2012.

“I didn’t score the fight. I just watched the fight and I can’t remember the score. But I know he won,” he added.

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