"I think he may lack fire," the American told journalists in Las
"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
If the winner's experience in the aftermath was negative, the man
who officially lost the fight seems to be at ease with what
"In this sport, sometimes you're on the winner's side, sometimes
you're on the loser's side, so you have to prepare for that,"
Pacquiao told reporters at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the
fight will take place.
"I never complain. In boxing, it's part of the sport. If you don't
want to lose, then don't fight."
But Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) is facing questions as the rematch
approaches. He has not scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto
in November 2009, and was himself knocked out at the end of the
sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in his first outing after the
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Pacquiao professes to be unconcerned by his recent
knockout drought, asserting that he was on the verge of stopping
Marquez until walking into a right hand from the Mexican.
"If he didn't get me in six rounds, by seven rounds I could have
finished him," he said. "But by being careless, that's what
Besides, he argued, "if the knockout comes, it comes, but my focus
is to be aggressive and throw a lot of punches and make the fans
Bradley, on the other hand, is confident that this time he is the
one who will be making fans happy.
"I know this is my time," he said. "It's my time, it's my moment."
(Editing by Stephen Wood)
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