Timothy Bradley says that right now, he's got no respect for Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao have been pretty friendly ahead of their HBO pay-per-view main event tonight, including the most cordial 'Face Off' interview to date, but the 28-year-old WBO welterweight title challenger Bradley says all the niceties are out the window for now, and he's operating with no respect for Pacquiao, a man he's admitted he likes:
"I don’t fear anybody," [Bradley] said. "I don’t fear Manny Pacquiao. I don’t have any respect for him right now. This is the biggest challenge of my life. But this is my moment to stardom, and I have to win this fight."
Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) has mostly exuded a supreme confidence heading into the bout, but over the last few days has come off more like a disrespected fighter with a chip on his shoulder, hungry not just to prove he belongs, but that he should have been here a while ago.
Bradley also reiterates that he feels Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO) hasn't faced an opponent like him in a long, long time, a fresh, young, hungry, unbeaten fighter. In many ways, Bradley has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
But if you think Bradley feels he has "nothing to lose," I don't think you've been listening to him closely enough. And folks, I don't even know who I'm talking to when I say that. I'll leave it anyway, because why not?
Pacquiao says he's not overlooking Bradley, despite many feeling that's the case:
"Bradley is a different type of fighter, and we don't take this fight lightly," Pacquiao said. "We have trained hard for Bradley because he is the type of fighter we cannot underestimate."
Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage of the entire card tonight, with the HBO pay-per-view broadcast starting at 9 p.m. EDT.