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Pacquiao: I was nice to Bradley in first fight

Manny Pacquiao works on the speed bag at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles last week. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
 

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao admits going easy on Timothy Bradley the first time they fought two years ago.

He says that will no longer be the case in their rematch two weeks from now.

In the maiden episode of HBO’s Pacquiao-Bradley 24/7 aired over the weekend, Pacquiao once again stressed the need to go all out against Bradley this time.

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The fighting congressman took it easy on Bradley in their first meeting in June 2012, and that allowed the American to escape with a controversial decision.

“I should put more on gas and be aggressive,” Pacquiao said, recalling that fight in which he appeared to dominate.

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“I'm not saying that I could knock him out, but I'm just nice to Bradley in the ring. That's what happened,” he added.

Pacquiao insists he won that fight, and most boxing observers and fans will agree with him. The fighting congressman just brushed off the horrible decision and moved on with his career, losing to Juan Manuel Marquez by knockout and redeeming himself with a lopsided win over Rios.

“I'm just smiling and I said, I think my thought is, ‘This is boxing; part of the game,’” Pacquiao said of the controversial result.

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Pacquiao will challenge Bradley for the latter’s WBO welterweight crown, and the Filipino knows he has to revert to his old, aggressive self to succeed.

“I'm not saying that I'm going to knock him out, but I will bring back the aggressiveness and the killer instinct that he wants to see,” he explained.

“It's good for me. It's good. It's kind of challenging me. I want to answer him in action on April 12th,” Pacquiao ended.

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