PRESS CONFERENCE: STUNNED PACMAN EYES REVENGE / 'TEST OF FAITH'-MANNY
[PHOTO - Manny Pacquiao addresses the media during the post-fight press conference after he was defeated by Timothy Bradley by split decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday. — AFP]
LAS VEGAS, JUNE 12, 2012 (SAUDI GAZETTE) REUTERS - By Mark Lamport-Stokes - Boxers usually look devastated in defeat but Manny Pacquiao smiled and turned his mind to quick, brutal revenge after being stunned by a controversial split decision loss to Timothy Bradley in their WBO welterweight showdown on Saturday.
Pacquiao said he was "100 percent" confident he had won the 12-round fight at the MGM Grand and, like his American challenger Bradley, eagerly looked forward to a rematch on Nov. 10 at a venue yet to be decided.
"I didn’t listen to the announcement because I thought I had won (verdicts from) all the judges," Filipino southpaw Pacquiao told reporters after ending an unbeaten run of 15 bouts.
"I respect the decision but 100 percent I believe I won the fight. I don’t even remember if he hurt me one punch. He got me with a couple of jabs but I don’t remember if he hit me a solid punch in my face.
"I give Bradley credit, maybe three rounds for him because in some rounds I relax. Aside from three rounds, every round I hurt him."
Pacquiao surrendered his WBO welterweight title after earning one verdict from judge Jerry Roth (115-113) while CJ Ross (115-113) and Duane Ford (115-113) gave the fight to the American.
The Filipino’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was dumbfounded by the decision.
"I was very surprised they gave it so close," the bespectacled Roach said. "I had it for Manny by 10 rounds to two."
Even Bradley sounded surprised at the decision.
"Pacquiao was a tough, tough warrior. This guy can punch, he has speed. He has all the tools," he said.
"I used my ability to clear some rounds, maybe the last five rounds I feel, to get the victory. I am still shocked."
Dish served cold
While Pacquiao said he wanted to respect Bradley after a result which was roundly booed by the crowd, he promised to beat the American inside the distance when they next met.
"It will make me a warrior in having this kind of rematch," Pacquiao said, looking to avenge the loss. "I want to finish him before the whole 12 rounds. I want the rematch."
Bradley, a 5-1 underdog against Pacquiao, was also itching to have the rematch, which he had arrogantly promoted during the build-up to Saturday’s fight.
"That was all my idea, pretty much," said the 28-year-old from Palm Springs in California after improving his career record to 29-0 with 12 knockouts.
"Just part of promoting the fight, hyping it up," he added, addressing reporters from a wheelchair.
"I felt I was going to win this fight so the rematch is in place, the date is there. It’s definitely going to be a different fight."
Bradley conceded that hearing the boos from the crowd after the decision had been announced gave him added motivation to get back into the ring with Pacquiao.
"I’m happy to be the new welterweight champion but I definitely would like to do this again," said the American, who was back in the ring for the first time since he retained his WBO junior welterweight title by stopping Cuba’s Joel Casamayor in November.
"I heard all the boos at the end of the fight, which is okay because we need to do this again. Let’s make this more decisive."
Bradley spoke to the media while sitting in a wheelchair before being taken to hospital to have a check on his ankles, which he said he had twisted during the second round.
"I injured my left foot in the second round, twisted my ankle, and now both of my ankles are swollen," he added. "I got hit with some big shots early on but I persevered and went through the pain." — Reuters
Manny says it's a test of faith (The Philippine Star) Updated June 11, 2012 12:00 AMComments (18)
LAS VEGAS – It was difficult to understand how two of the three judges scored the fight for Timothy Bradley Jr. but dethroned WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed no signs of bitterness in the dressing room after the loss which ended a seven-year streak of 15 straight wins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night.
Pacquiao was all smiles as he spoke about God’s will. “This is a test of faith,” he said. “I will be strong. I submit to God’s will. I know I won the fight. I knew Bradley would run away. Freddie (Roach) thought he would go toe-to-toe. And if he did, I would’ve knocked him out. I was right all along. Once he felt my power, he ran away. So how could he win the fight running away? Still, it’s God’s will. There is a reason why this happened.”
Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee said she’s not sad although when the decision was announced, traces of tears rolled down her cheeks. She brought along their four children to watch the fight for the first time overseas and Pacquiao’s father Rosalio also flew in.
“We must be strong,” she said. “We know Manny really won.”
Talk along press row touched on the “balancing” factor as it was speculated that Pacquiao got a break in the last Juan Manuel Marquez fight and was due for payback. Some newsmen said it was a “business” decision to arrange a rematch in November and blamed Top Rank for the machination.
“What does Marquez have to do with this?” asked Jinkee. And Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said nothing is final about the rematch which Bradley publicly announced before the fight.
Roach wasn’t ecstatic about the idea of a rematch. “Sure, Bradley’s a tough guy, young, durable,” he said. “But when he got hit by Manny, he ran away. In a rematch, he’ll run away from the start. We could do a rematch, why not? That’s really up to Manny and what are the other options. I don’t know how this will impact on a possible fight against (Floyd) Mayweather. Maybe, now that Manny has lost, Mayweather will come to the table and sign up. That’s still a fight everyone wants to watch.”
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza said Pacquiao was fit and ready to fight. In the dressing room before the bout, Pacquiao loosened his calves on a treadmill for about six minutes – the first time he ever did it. He felt no cramps throughout the 12-round grind.
“I thought Manny carried the weight well,” said Ariza who was recently engaged to a Filipina Ria Garcia. “He came in about 150 pounds for the fight. He even ate 20 minutes before entering the ring. He didn’t lose his quickness. He still had his power. Bradley nearly went down at least thrice. The problem was Bradley wouldn’t engage.”
Lawyer Romy Macalintal, who witnessed the fight at ringside, urged the Nevada State Athletic Commission “to look into this highly questionable and controversial result. “There is no doubt in the minds of all impartial viewers and analysts that Pacquiao was the winner and robbed of the title,” he said. “It’s high time that questionable results in all sports should be the concern of the government where the event is held. In this case, it is not only Pacquiao who was personally affected by the decision. But more so, the boxing fans all over the world who deserve a clean and credible decision in all sports activities.”
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