Bradley says his footwork, speed will triumph in Pacquiao rematch

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By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 11, 2014

INDIO, Calif. – In just five weeks the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley rematch will take place in Las Vegas.

This is one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year as this will determine if Pacquiao still possesses the killer instinct in the ring which has been questioned by boxing analysts worldwide.

His tenure as pound for pound king lasted for 10 years.

“I’ve already been in the ring with Pacquiao,” Bradley said. “I know what to expect. I know what I got to do to win the fight. I know what he is going to bring. I know he is going to try to bring the pressure on me. It’s not going to work. Right now it’s not going to work. He is going to have to definitely out think me in there. He has to be a lot faster.”

“He’s able to move and hardly hit,” Bradley’s conditioning coach James Rougely said. “He is tough on not to crack. He can’t get a real solid shot on him, that’s the key.”

Bradley said that Pacquiao’s performance during the Pacman-Brandon Rios bout in Macau wasn’t impressive at all. Bradley assures fight fans that he will do his best to keep the WBO welterweight belt.

“My footwork will win this fight for me,” Bradley said. “My defense, the fact that I have speed—you know Pacquiao doesn’t fight anybody with the same speed as he is. He is a quick fighter, but I’m quick too. I’m just as quick and I’m smarter than he is.”

Bradley’s win in 2012 was hotly disputed. That is why he says he’s giving it his all in his training and tactical defense to succeed over the fighting congressman.

“He has to be in very good shape because, like I said, I’m not going to take no for an answer. I’m going to win this fight.”

Meanwhile, although the fight is still next month, race and sports books odds on the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch have already been posted. Pacquiao is the slight favorite at minus 180, and Bradley at plus 160.

“He was a huge favorite and at the end of the night I won the fight,” he said. “I beat him and nobody was ready for it, not even the odds makers.”

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