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Pacquiao vs Bradley III: Tim Bradley on what will be different the third time

Timothy Bradley discusses his preparation for Manny Pacquiao, what's different in camp, and what will be different in the third fight.

On what will be different this time

"The training camp was different, I know that. Should be a different outcome, if I follow the game plan, if I do exactly what I trained to do. Kinda like the Rios fight, I listen to Teddy, I do exactly as we trained to do, I shouldn't have no problem beating Manny Pacquiao."

On the buzz around this fight

"It's the same atmosphere. The people come out and support. The people here in the Coachella Valley, they're always supportive of me. I just try to give a positive outlook for the kids. They always come out and support. My people here, they love me in the Valley. I try to be a positive role model for the kids, the best parent I can possibly be, the best husband I can be, just do the right thing all the time. I wanna show the fans here, I wanna show all the people in the Coachella Valley and around the world, that someone with a positive outlook on life can make it and be something. I don't have to change, I don't have to be something that I'm not. I can be who I am and still be comfortable and walk around and be happy with myself and my accomplishments and what I've done in the sport of boxing and what I've done in the community."

On preparation for a fight

"It's up there if they told you you've got 30 days to live. How would you feel? It'd be on your mind all day, every day. Every minute. You can't have fun, you can't enjoy life, you can't enjoy it until that day comes. You do everything you possibly can. You train, you sacrifice and all that, but until the day happens, it's pain. It's pain. I'm serious, man. It's agony. It's pain, it's painful, working out and training. It's not fun. This is not fun. Training is not fun. The fight night is fun. If you get the outcome you've been training to do, that's when it's fun, that's when it means something. But you've have to go through this. All of this, man. You gotta go through the storm. All of this, all the media. Yourself, you gotta go through the mental preparation to get ready for the battle. Let me tell you, man, time -- time. That's the difference between being able to handle being a champion or just being a regular fighter. Or even being the best in the sport. Most people can't deal with the time and waiting for that time and that date. April 9th. Preparing yourself. Most people can't deal with that. The week of the fight, most people can't deal with sitting in that hotel room and getting asked all these questions constantly. It's a hard thing to deal with. The pressure's on, the heat is on, the lights are bright. A lot of people can't deal with that, man. That's why you don't see gyms filled with a bunch of world champions. You don't see that."

On how he's dealing with the pressure right now

"It's just experience. This time is a lot easier than the first time, I can tell you that much. ... The second time I was dealing with demons still from the first match. I was something that I wasn't. I felt that I was trying to get a knockout. You can't go in the ring looking for a knockout, it just has to happen. I was out of my game, I was out of my element mentally. This time around, I'm calm now. I'm composed. I've got a different team, Teddy Atlas, a different guy. We talk every single day. He's guided me through this. He tells me, 'Use your experience, use your knowledge, use what you've had to be a five-time world champion.' He's just always telling me, 'Be a professional.' Being a professional doesn't always mean being the hardest worker, or running until you fall, or sparring until you can't spar anymore. It's all about being smart, about doing the proper work, eating right, being the best professional you can possibly be. Even when you're in the ring training and sparring, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Even if you're not having a good day that day, you have to always do what is according to plan, what we have written down on what our plan and goal is for today."

On his prediction

"Every fighter predicts they're gonna win the fight. Every fighter does. At the top level of boxing, I can tell you this: I gotta be smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night. That's how I can get the victory. If I'm smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night. I'm not talking about strength, I'm not talking about punching power or none of that, because that can all be eluded with boxing skills and ability and knowing what's coming before it comes. I just have to be smarter than him that. Absolutely smarter that night, and limit my mistakes. I can't make mistakes against this guy. I'll be successful if I can do that."

On giving up his belt and the importance of a third Pacquiao

"I gave up my title for this bout because obviously, it's more lucrative than if I was to fight a mandatory fight, for one thing. Two, getting this fight for a third time is everything for my career right now. Getting a win over a great legend, an icon in Manny Pacquiao, a fighter that's been reigning for over a decade now, eight division world champion. You can be remembered forever for beating a fighter like that. I wanna be remembered. I don't wanna do this just to be another champion. No, I wanna be remembered, I wanna be talked about. Whenever they bring up Manny Pacquiao in the future, guess what? I wanna be mentioned. 'Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao.' So that my name will always be relevant in the sport. That's what this fight is for for me, for years after I die out, when I'm done boxing, my kids will be talking about it, their kids will be talking about. As boxing continues on and goes on strong, I wanna be mentioned. Just like Bob Arum's gonna be mentioned for life, I wanna be mentioned for life."

On Freddie Roach

"I don't care about Freddie Roach and what he's saying."

On being another fighter in a trilogy with Pacquiao

"All those guys are great fighters, man. (Erik) Morales, (Juan Manuel) Marquez, those guys are great, great fighters. I don't know, I don't really think about trilogies or being better than them. I just need to do what I need to do and follow directions under the supervision of my trainer and my team, and do exactly what I did in training and apply it in the fight. Be smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night, be quicker than Manny Pacquiao that night, be stronger, just beat him. No particular way. Knockout, whatever. I just want a victory. I just want a win. I just want a solid, decisive win where the fans and everybody in boxing say, 'You know what, I'm gonna give Bradley this one, he won this fight. He's a great fighter and he beat Manny Pacquiao.'"

On this being Pacquiao's last fight

"It's all up to him. I mean, I'm on a fight to fight basis, too. You could say that about me, too. I'm fight to fight. I don't know if I'm gonna continue after this. I don't know. Right now I'm fighting this fight, it's the only fight I'm thinking about. After that, then I'll see what's at stake and see if I'm sticking around or not. I don't know. It just depends on the outcome, how I look. I'll assess my performance and say you know what, I need to hang 'em up, or I've still got it, I've still got some time in this business."

On preparing for a Pacquiao who is pushing himself hard

"A lot of people look for weakness in people to make them stronger, I don't look for weakness in anybody. When I fight, I prepare for the best Manny Pacquiao, I prepare for the best Rios, whatever, how they come, that's how they come. I prepare for the best. It's all about the studying, great preparation, good diet, good sleep. All these things, great rest in between. I train five days a week. I don't train six days a week. I used to train six days a week. I only train five days a week. Wednesdays are my light day. But I feel I'm in tip-top shape."

On training with Teddy Atlas

"It's very different. Everything is different. Everybody else spars Monday-Wednesday-Friday, we spar Monday-Tuesday-Thursday. That's how we spar, and we videotape my sparring. It works for me. I love Teddy. He's a great guy, I love his training techniques. He's here not to tear me down, he's here to preserve me and make me better. I've become a better fighter, I've become a better man being around Teddy. He's preserving me, man, seriously. He's not running me into the ground. Honestly, dude, the most miles I've run in this camp -- three and a half. That's the highest -- I've never run four miles. Three and a half miles. That's it. I haven't run any more than that."

On his fight with Marquez helping him against Pacquiao

"We got a terminology called Marquez that we use. I know what it is. Teddy knows what it is. He just says, 'Be Marquez!' And then that's what I do, and it works. Mayweather's a different animal. Mayweather does a lot of things right, he does a lot of things wrong. His reflexes, his fast-twitch muscles, his ability, his eyes, his sight, man -- the way he calculates everything mentally is unreal. He does a lot of things wrong, he leans back. But he gets away with it. He's so fast, with quick, cat-like reflexes. He's different -- I can't go in there and fight like Mayweather, I mean, come on. ... Marquez is a solid fighter. He's a legend in the sport. I'm my own identity. I am who I am. There's little things you can take from other fighters who have beaten Manny Pacquiao, but I am who I am. We have a game plan that we feel will work, and we're definitely gonna use that."

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