Timothy Bradley holds the WBO welterweight title, but he's second in the advertising for the Pacquiao vs Bradley II HBO pay-per-view event on April 12, and knows that the odds and public favor are against him. Fittingly, Bradley also knows that he's going to have to win truly convincingly in the rematch.
"This fight is to get the credit I did not get the first time," said Bradley on Tuesday at the official announcement of the fight. "I must beat Pacquiao as convincingly as I beat Juan Manuel Marquez."
Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) is coming off of a big 2013, winning a true war over Ruslan Provodnikov in March, followed by a terrific decision win over Marquez in October on pay-per-view. The 30-year-old Californian beat Pacquiao for the WBO belt in June 2012, but that decision sparked major public outrage among fans and media, the effects of which he's still feeling today as far as acceptance from fight fans goes.
"This is a fight which will give us peace of mind after the controversy of our first fight," said Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz.
"We have to win and make it clear. It's not going to be easy for Pacquiao if he thinks he can beat Bradley. I will guarantee that."
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) says he does not expect an easy night, nor does trainer Freddie Roach.