EIGHT-DIVISION world champion Manny Pacquiao will go for a knockout when he faces World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9.
Pacquiao believes that the best way to end his career in an announced farewell fight would be to win by a knockout, although he concedes that Bradley is a vastly improved fighter based on his ninth-round stoppage of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, who went 12 rounds with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao told sportswriters in New York on his final stop to promote the fight that he will try to knock out Bradley if he gets the chance.
“If I get the chance (to knock him out), why not? I want to win convincingly,” said Pacquiao, a two-term congressman from Sarangani province.
Pacquiao, who is seeking a Senate seat in the May presidential elections, is in the Top 10 of the latest survey results.
Although he lost a widely criticized split decision in their first fight which Pacquiao appeared to win handily and won by a lopsided margin in their rematch, he insisted in terms of the record, that it’s 1-1 and he wishes to set the record straight by winning their third encounter.
To Pacquiao, it’s a case of “unfinished business.”
“We still have an unfinished business, so, we need to settle this in our third fight. To me, he (Bradley) has improved a lot and that makes him a more challenging opponent atop the ring,” said Pacquiao.
The ring idol of millions of Filipinos and fight fans around the world plans to begin training in his own Pacman Wild Card Gym in General Santos City in the first week of February, before winding up his preparation at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles over the last four weeks.
Aquilino Zonio, who travels with Pacquiao and reports on his activities, said Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez, the boxer’s assistant trainer, will take charge of the training in the first week of February until chief trainer and coach Freddie Roach arrives on Feb. 13.
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