Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Tim Bradley says Manny's skills still there, but fire is gone

Alexis Cuarezma

Timothy Bradley believes that Manny Pacquiao hasn't lost his ability, only his killer instinct.

In what ways do you think Manny Pacquiao has changed as a fighter during the two years since your first fight against him?

"Manny Pacquiao has always been a great fighter and from what I have heard he is a great person. But I think in the last two years Manny has become a more compassionate fighter. I think he lost the fire that made him the number one pound for pound fighter in the world.

"That killer instinct that made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool and the fire that knocked out Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and badly damaged Antonio Margarito are just no longer there.

"I think his skillset is still there but he just cannot turn it on like he used to anymore. In the Brandon Rios fight I saw he had Rios up against the ropes and then he stopped throwing his punches. He took a couple steps back and let Rios out.

"I think that Marquez KO gave him a lot to think about because he was turning it on there and in my opinion he was a couple rounds away from stopping Marquez - but then he just never saw that right hand coming and it was lights out.

"I hope come April 12th Manny can find that fire and be the Paquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those thirty six minutes that we will be in the ring I am not expecting any compassion from him.

"He will get absolutely no compassion from me. In that ring it is all about my family eating or his family eats. Manny Pacquiao will have to knock me out to stop my family from eating!!!"

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show #3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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