Pacquiao's ‘killer instinct’ questioned during press tour

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 5, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The time has come to remove all doubt after the controversial June 2012 fight that saw American Timothy Bradley get the win and the WBO welterweight title from Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

The two faced off to officially announce their April 12 rematch at a Beverly Hills press conference on Tuesday.

Pacquiao said that it will be a good fight and he wants to not only prove that he beat Bradley in the past, but also to reclaim the title he lost to Bradley.

For his part, Bradley said: “I’ve already got a win over Manny Pacquiao. I beat him already. But this is for the people. This is for the world.”

“This is so I can walk down the street and people will say, ‘Dang, you beat Pacquiao,’ and not, ‘Tim, you didn’t win the fight,’” the American boxer added.

Bradley defeated Pacquiao via split decision when they fought in June 2012, though it was very controversial and few gave Bradley credit for the victory.

Since the controversial fight, Bradley has defeated Pacquiao’s sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov via unanimous decision, then defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision in October.

In the meantime, Pacquiao suffered a devastating loss to Marquez six months after his bout against Bradley. He took nearly a year off, then came back last December with a dominant victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.

Bradley said that while Pacquiao is still one of the best fighters, the “Pacman” has shown compassion in recent fights, including their controversial match where the American injured both feet yet managed to last the distance.

“He just seemed a little bit different in there, and he wasn’t really willing to take chances like I normally see him do,” Bradley pointed out. “When he gets a guy hurt or stunned, he’ll go after him. So I said that’s the compassionate Manny and I still think he’s like that.”

Manny admitted he needs to bring back his killer instinct and aggressiveness. He said that he needs to throw a lot more punches, as well as train hard for the upcoming fight.

With Pacquiao’s financial advisor, Michael Koncz, and Top Rank’s Bob Arum assuring that the Fighting Congressman’s alleged tax problems are being worked out, Pacquiao is also on the housing market.

He said he’s still looking and when he finds a new house he’ll leave his current home.

Pacquiao will not, however, have a lot of time to house-hunt during this brief press tour. He is scheduled for a New York press conference on Thursday before returning to the Philippines to begin his training.

Pacquiao is expected to begin the Los Angeles portion of his training camp at a newly expanded Wild Card Gym in March.

Aside from reuniting with former strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, Pacquiao may also reunite with a former opponent. Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, who hired Freddie Roach as his trainer last year, is being considered as a possible sparring partner for Pacquiao.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    6 February 2014 at 10:06 am - Reply

    The useless congressman fought in China to avoid paying US taxes, ends up selling only about 1/4 of what he normally does in PPV and gets in tax trouble with the IRS and BIR , now he’s fighting in Nevada again and probably will get same result from his recent fight.