Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley ended their two city press tour in New York City on Thursday afternoon. The rematch is now official and is set for April 12 on pay per view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be Pacquiao’s first in the U.S. since 2012. Joining both fighters were their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Manny Pacquiao: What Bradley is saying to me is I don’t have the killer instinct and aggressiveness anymore, so that’s what I’m trying to prove this fight on April 12. Maybe he’s right. I’m sometimes just too kind and too nice to my opponents in the ring and that’s why you can’t see the aggressiveness and killer instinct. This time around I have to get it back and show I still have it.
Timothy Bradley: I can’t wait. Manny says he’s going to be the aggressive, destructive Manny Pacquiao of old times and I get excited because I embrace the challenge. I love challenges and I love when people say I can’t do something because I love to prove them all wrong like I’ve been doing my whole career. I know I’m going to be the underdog even though I’m the champion. I want to be the underdog because I’m still out to prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world.
Promoter Bob Arum: Tickets went on sale yesterday and already 70% of the tickets have been sold, so obviously in the next few weeks we’ll be able to announce a sellout. A lot of excitement from all over the world about this fight.