Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley have a ton of business left to settle after their highly controversial June 2012 bout, and if the promotion for their rematch is any indicator, both guys are done being nice.
Bradley is tired of the disrespect, and Pacquiao is tired of the perception that he doesn't have it anymore.
The two fighters met on HBO's Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley 2, which debuted last week on the network, and both were seemingly tired of the talk and ready to get in the ring.
“I have to focus and train hard, not like before. I have to get back my aggressiveness,” Pacquiao said on the show, Per Jake Donovan of Boxingscene.com.
Bradley and members of his team have frequently brought up that lack of killer instinct, which has been apparent in the Filipino’s last several fights, and this was not an opportunity Bradley was willing to waste.
“Manny, it’s [the killer instinct] no longer there,” Bradley said.
“I've always had it,” Pacquiao responded.
And then Bradley got the final word on the subject.
“I don’t know how he lost it. He’s not the same.”
The exchange was definitely intense, and while mostly respectful in tone, the subject is obviously one that makes Pacquiao uncomfortable. Bradley has chided his foe at every turn, and it makes you wonder if he’s going to be able to get into his head.
Or if that’s even a good thing for him.
One thing is for sure though, April 12 will answer all these questions and more, and it can’t get here fast enough.