Pacquiao has lost his fire, says Bradley before rematch

Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:00pm EDT
 
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By Kieran Mulvaney

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Timothy Bradley Jr. believes a lengthy and successful career has sapped Manny Pacquiao of his motivation, and that their WBO welterweight title bout on Saturday may be one fight too many for the Filipino legend.

"I think he may lack fire," the American told journalists in Las Vegas.

"His motivation is not there. He's been at the top for a very long time. He has over 60 fights in the ring with all the best. He's 36 years old. Maybe this is one fight too late for him."

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) is defending the WBO belt he won from Pacquiao in a controversial fight in June 2012. Most ringside observers felt Pacquiao won comfortably, but after 12 rounds Bradley was awarded a split decision victory.

In the aftermath, Bradley says, fans aimed their anger at him.

"I got letters from fans belittling me like crazy, telling me I'm not a true champion," he said, adding that he also received an anonymous death threat in the mail.

"It's really hard to swallow. That night, man, I did my job. I thought the fight was very close. I thought the decision could go either way. But the fact that they gave it to me - I thought it was fair."

If the winner's experience in the aftermath was negative, the man who officially lost the fight seems to be at ease with what happened.   Continued...

 
Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the U.S. pose during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus