Bradley: Pacquiao 'lost the fire'

April, 8, 2014
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Unbeaten welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr., 30, has done nothing but grow as a fighter in the two years since his controversial June 2012 victory over Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) survived a toe-to-toe war with Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 before outboxing slick counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marques in October.

A native of Palm Springs, Calif., Bradley returns Saturday (HBO PPV) for a second go-around with Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Bradley's split-decision victory in their first bout went down as one of the most controversial decisions in modern boxing history.

In what ways do you think Pacquiao has changed as a fighter during the two years since your first fight against him?

Manny Pacquiao has always been a great fighter and from what I have heard he is a great person, but I think in the last two years Manny has become a more compassionate fighter. I think he lost the fire that made him the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

That killer instinct that made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool and the fire that knocked out Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and badly damaged Antonio Margarito are just no longer there.

I think his skill set is still there, but he just cannot turn it on like he used to anymore. In the Brandon Rios fight, I saw he had Rios up against the ropes and then he stopped throwing his punches. He took a couple steps back and let Rios out.

I think that Marquez KO gave him a lot to think about because Manny was turning it on there, and in my opinion he was a couple rounds away from stopping Marquez -- but then he just never saw Marquez's right hand coming and it was lights-out.

I hope come April 12 Manny can find that fire and be the Pacquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those 36 minutes that we will be in the ring, I am not expecting any compassion from him.

He will get absolutely no compassion from me. In that ring it is all about my family eating or his family eating.

Manny Pacquiao will have to knock me out to stop my family from eating.

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