Manny Pacquiao made another of his pre-fight promotional appearances on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night to hype up his April 12 HBO pay-per-view rematch with Timothy Bradley. When asked by Kimmel whether or not Pacquiao believes that Bradley knows he lost their 2012 fight, a controversial win for Bradley at best, Pacquiao said he thinks he does.
"I think so, but, you know, because of the pride and because of ego, he claims that he won the fight," Pacquiao told Kimmel.
Kimmel asked if Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) would look for the knockout next Saturday, to keep the fight from entering the judges' hands again. "I'm not thinking about the knockout," Pacquiao said. "If the knockout comes, it will come. My focus is more aggressiveness, throwing more punches. I want to prove to him that my killer instinct is always there."
The host also questioned (jokingly, but still) if Pacquiao is bothered by Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) claiming that Manny no longer has the hunger or drive he used to, and Pacquiao said that this time, he won't show compassion during the fight.
"It's more a challenge to me. It's inspired me to work hard, to focus," Pacquiao told Kimmel. "The last time, I was too nice to him in the ring. This time, I'll finish the fight, then I can be nice."