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Pacquiao: "I Am the Challenger"

BY The Sweet Science ON March 31, 2014
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Manny Pacquiao Write-Up/Blog 3: Monday, March 31

Question For Manny Pacquiao - How you deal with a bad decision after the fight? You train so hard for 10 weeks, fight a good fight and the judges go the other way. How long does it take to get over that? What's different in training this time around, knowing you can achieve revenge?

Pacquiao: “That is boxing. It is part of the game and you cannot let yourself get too upset over it or else it will consume you. Judges are human. You cannot expect them to be perfect.

“In the first fight against Tim Bradley, I was over it before I returned to the dressing room. To Freddie Roach and me, and apparently everyone else who watched the fight – except for two – I won the fight. The first thing I said to Freddie when we saw each other in the dressing after the fight was, ‘He [Bradley] ran just like we knew he would.’ We never discussed or debated the decision because it was so obvious that I had won the fight and nearly every round.

“It never felt like a loss to me and no one treated me any differently. I was treated as the winner. I just moved forward and began training for my next fight, which was against Juan Manuel Márquez.

“There is something different in this training camp. There are a lot of people who doubt I can fight the same way I fought when I knocked out Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. I want to prove to them that I am the best. I am inspired. I am the challenger. I know I will need to outbox and outspeed Bradley. And that is what I will do. This is the first time I have challenged for a world title that I lost. Do I want it back? You bet I do; and I want it back from Tim Bradley.”

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show 2 debuts Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and show 3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Comment on this article

Skibbz says:

Great to hear what Manny's saying. He's sounding like he's in the calm before the storm. Perfect place to be just hope he gets through camp unscathed.


How about this then since it seems it's unanimous on these forums that it'll be a Pacquiao victory... Suppose Bradley wins. What then?

Radam G says:

Bradley is getting KTFO. Holla!

Skibbz says:

And what if that doesn't happen RG?!? We'll all be eating a fat vegan slice of humble pie made by the Bradley's...

Radam G says:

He will be whupped, period! In other words, Da Manny will win. He's torching arse in training camp. Holla!

Skibbz says:

Haaaa you aint gonna budge from that spot Radam I know it. Maybe someone else will but you're gonna rep the Pinoy Warrior till his last fight!!

I think Bradley's record will look nicer with a -1 on it anyway.

Carmine Cas says:

Winner fights Floyd, not Alvarado/Marquez, although Pacquiao-Marquez 5 is interesting.

Skibbz says:

Woo now that's the optimism I need in my life I need to step it up. What makes you say that Carms?

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