Redemption the lure for both Bradley and Pacquiao

Tue Feb 4, 2014 7:13pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the United States and his challenger, Manny Pacquiao, will both be seeking redemption when they clash for a second time on April 12 in Las Vegas.

Bradley believes he never gained the recognition he was due after controversially beating the Filipino southpaw on a split decision when they first met in June 2012 while Pacquiao feels he was robbed with that result.

"This is all about redemption," Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) said during a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday to promote the fight. "I need Manny. He needs me.

"I'm going to beat him again. I am younger and a better fighter. Manny fights for the money; I have the hunger to win. I am a different fighter than the one who fought Pacquiao in our first fight.

"I scored our fight eight rounds to four in my favor. No way he won that fight," said the 30-year-old American who trains in Indio, California.

"Manny is great but he is also mortal. I'm not intimidated by him or his legend."

Pacquiao told the news conference he was on a mission.

"I thought I was leading after every round," he said. "I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round. I was very surprised by the decision.

"But that's part of the game. He got the decision and my title. Now I want to get back that belt he won off of me. Boxing has always been fun for me. This time the fun is secondary. This is a mission to prove I am the best."   Continued...

Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. of the U.S. reacts after entering the ring for his title fight against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus