Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao killer instinct gone

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MANILA, Philippines – Has Manny Pacquiao lost his killer instinct?

Timothy Bradley thinks so, and believes it will serve him in good stead when they clash anew for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on April 12 in Las Vegas.

“He (Pacquiao) doesn’t have that killer instinct,” Bradley told fighthype.com. Sunday.

“Yeah, he didn’t have that killer instinct in that (Brandon) Rios fight.”

Bradley was referring to the Filipino ring superstar’s 12-round domination of Rios last Nov. 24 in Macau.

Though Pacquiao won lopsidedly, Bradley felt there were instances when the Fighter of the Decade could’ve finished off Rios, but didn’t do so.

Instead, he said, Pacquiao chose to play it safe and coasted to victory.

Bradley said he believed that Pacquiao was a “little scared” of Rios’ punching power.

The undefeated American noted that Pacquiao’s reluctance to mix it up will work to his advantage when he dangles the title he wrested from the Filipino by a widely disputed split decision on June 9, 2012.

According to Bradley, he will legitimize that victory by beating Pacquiao convincingly this time.

Having repeatedly watched the tapes of their first encounter, Bradley said that though he isn’t a power puncher in the mold of Rios, he was able to hurt Pacquiao that time.

Bradley also noted that Pacquiao turned defensive in that first fight and “only worked like, maybe, a minute in every round.”

Bradley, who bolstered his stock with victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, respectively, said he expects Pacquiao to be on the defensive in their rematch.

“I don’t think he’s going to engage that much, man,” said Bradley.

Boxing pundits have actually noticed Pacquiao’s diminished finishing kick in his fights since 2010.

They felt that Pacquiao was in a position to stop Antonio Margarito in 2010, Shane Mosley in 2012 and Bradley, but did not go for the kill.

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  • RedRose_13

    Tim Bradley, what you just thought is exposure of your real feelings towards this coming fight… NERVOUS, INSECURE, AND PETRIFIED!!!!

  • RedRose_13

    What Bradley said is nothing but self-defense mechanism. In fact, it has been known that Manny Pacquiao was the winner in their recent match. Even, Bradley himself believes this. Before the winner was announced, Bradley feels Manny won, but was very surprised when he was announced the winner. I was the matched myself in a popular beer house and many people we disappointed about the result. Many feel Manny was rob.

  • Nick_Fury

    Yeah gone are the days when Pacquiao will pummel you until you drop, but

    now he just bust and rearrange your face into submission.

  • Fayt

    just hoping for the best to Manny…

  • Simon

    Basta wag kang tatakbo takbo ha Bradley. Promise u’ll not keep on running away from Manny, ok. Give the audience a good fight ok.

  • Stock Broker

    Manny Pacquiao didn’t fight Shane Mosley in 2012.

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