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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Manny will finish the job this time if he hurts Bradley

Will Manny Pacquiao's "killer instinct" be back? Trainer Freddie Roach always says it will, and he's saying it again.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

We've all heard this before, but trainer Freddie Roach says that if Manny Pacquiao hurts Timothy Bradley in their April 12 HBO pay-per-view rematch, he'll finish the job this time.

To Roach and even Pacquiao, Bradley did them a favor when he told Pacquiao "you lost your fire, the killer instinct and I will beat you."

Roach recalled that "Manny didn't like it at all." He said that "overall Bradley is a nice kid but its not about being nice in there. Its a knockout sport and if Manny hits him, he'll finish him this time."

Roach has been saying this about basically every Pacquiao fight for years, but the 35-year-old Pacquiao hasn't finished a fight inside the distance since stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in November 2009. He's gone 5-2 since then, with no knockout wins, and one KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Do you think that we'll see Pacquiao's "killer instinct" re-emerge, or have you heard this tale too many times now to give it any credit?

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