KEEPING IT CLEAN: Nevada boxing regulators say Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be subject stepped up drug test for their confrontation on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)
Filipino legend also reveals his plans for revenge
The April 12 rematch between WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao will be preceded by HBO telecasts of Face Off with Max Kellerman and 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II.
Face Off debuted last week and HBO will air its three episodes of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II on March 29 at midnight, ET/PT, April 5 at 11:30 p.m., ET/PT and April 10 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.
In his past three fights, Bradley dethroned Pacquiao by split-decision in June 2012, rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 and then won a split-decision over four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez in October.
Pacquiao lost his next bout after Bradley in December 2012 by sixth-round stoppage to Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1, before winning a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in his most recent fight in November.
The WBO has declared that the winner of Bradley-Pacquiao II must face that between Marquez and Mike Alvarado, who will fight on May 17.
Meanwhile, the Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao revealed a few details of his game plan for his upcoming rematch against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“(Trainer) Freddie (Roach) and I came up with a game plan aimed at mixing speed and power in this coming fight,” Pacquiao said in a PhilBoxing report.
“I will be banking on my foot movement to chase him wherever he goes, and keep him off balance once I catch up with him,” he added.
“I will force him to come on and fight in frustration, and use my power to completely demolish him.”
Pacquiao is trying to avenge his controversial June 2012 loss to Bradley, which saw the American claim a split decision victory even as most ringside observers and reporters agreed that the “Pacman” dominated the bout.
“I won at least ten rounds against Tim Bradley the first time we fought,” said Pacquiao. “I intend to win all the rounds against him this time regardless of the length of the fight.”
The “Pacman” wants to make Bradley eat his words after the unbeaten American repeatedly claimed that Pacquiao has lost his hunger and killer instinct.
“Bradley has often said I already lost my killer instinct and that I’m already a has-been,” said Pacquiao. “I’ll show him that he’s mistaken on his perception when we get into the ring.”