Updated 07:06 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Timothy Bradley Says Rematch With Manny Pacquiao Will End in a Knockout

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Timothy Bradley will look to prove that his first victory over Manny Pacquiao was no fluke when they collide in a rematch on Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bradley's win during their first showdown in June 2012 was tainted by controversy, with boxing experts saying that Pacquiao should have kept his World Boxing Organization welterweight title because he clearly won the fight.

The 30-year-old champion vowed to take the matter into his own hands, declaring that his rematch with Pacquiao will not go the distance.

"It's going to be a war," Bradley said, via BoxingScene. "The fight is going to be a war, man. I honestly don't think this fight is going to go the distance. It's not going to be a close fight. It's not going to go the distance."

Bradley said that he is motivated to score a convincing win this time. He feels like he did not get enough credit for winning their first showdown, he said. 

The reigning WBO welterweight champion said that he is not thinking about the judges and the possible decision, reiterating that he is focused on winning and proving that he is a better fighter than the former pound-for-pound king.

"What's going to happen that night is going to happen," Bradley said. "I know I'm prepared to go to war. I know I'm prepared to fight my fight and that's what I'm going to do in there. I'm not going to be sitting there worrying about no judges or worrying about the outcome. Only outcome I want is winning."

Bradley is not expected to have a walk in the park, though. Pacquiao also declared that he is motivated to score a convincing victory.

In a separate interview, Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach said that they will not let the judges decide their fate on April 12, saying that the former pound-for-pound king will go for the kill once Bradley gets hurt.

Roach felt that Pacquiao had several chances to finish off Bradley during their first showdown, but the Filipino boxing icon became too complacent, knowing that he was way ahead on the judges' scorecards, he said.

"I think there were moments in that fight where we hurt him and let him off the hook a little bit, because Manny felt [there was no reason to take a risk] because he was winning so easily. It was a good learning lesson for us, because if you get him out there then there are no judges," Roach said.

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