BEVERLY HILLS, Los Angeles – Tim Bradley believes the pressure to win and put on a show is on Manny Pacquiao, who’s making his farewell fight on April 9 against his former American tormentor for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight.
Bradley said all eyes will definitely be on the retiring 37-year-old boxing superstar as he bids to end his colorful career in a blaze of glory.
“The question is for him because this is his last fight, not mine. My career goes on after this,” said Bradley on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) after checking in at the posh Beverly Hills hotel here on the eve of the two-city press tour he and Pacquiao will be doing to promote their third and final meeting in the ring.
“It is his last fight, so what does that mean to him?”
Nonetheless, the American who goes by the moniker ‘Dessert Storm,’ said it’s an honor sharing to again share the same ring with Pacquiao, who he considers a ‘living legend in the sport.’
“I think that’s a great honor, he’s done a lot for sports. He’s done a lot for boxing, just to share the ring with him and have that opportunity is certainly a privilege,” Bradley added.
Bradley and Pacquiao split their first two fights the last four years. The American won their initial encounter in 2012 via a split decision, before the Filipino avenged one of the most stunning reversals in boxing history when he scored a unanimous decision in their second bout in 2014.
But the arrival of Teddy Atlas – replacing longtime trainer Joel Diaz – and the way Bradley demolished former world champion Brandon Rios in his last fight give the American (33-1-1-1, 13 KOs) the confidence of repeating over Pacquiao.
“I’m a different Bradley now, way more poise, way wiser, everything is different now,” he said of what people should expect from him in this fight set at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“I think it honestly has a lot t do with my performance in the last fight. I think it opened a lot of eyes. Teddy thought of the same, and that change a lot of things too, the dynamics of everything, the dynamics of this fight,” he added.