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Pacquiao a 2-1 favorite

Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014

LAS VEGAS - The time has come for Manny Pacquiao to reclaim his crown.

And he's fully armed to crush whatever resistance Timothy Bradley will put up in their battle for the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at MGM Grand Garden Arena here.

If the American champion chooses to engage in a dogfight, Pacquiao is likely to knock him out.

If Bradley opts to run, Pacquiao vowed to hunt him down and finish him off.

And if Bradley tries to box, Pacquiao will overpower him with jabs and combinations.

Bradley, 30, needs to find a novel way to thwart Pacquiao's wrath in a rematch that took 19 months to happen.

Otherwise, the American's immaculate 31-0 slate will be stained and Pacquiao (55-5-2, with 38 knockouts) will be hailed as the true winner of their first showdown, which Bradley won by a dubious split decision.

According to Bradley, he's not the same guy anymore. He's gotten a lot better and grown more confident after notching impressive victories over tough Russian Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, whose stunning sixth round knockout of Pacquiao on Dec. 8, 2012 shocked the boxing world.

Trying to get into Pacquiao's mind, Bradley taunted Pacquiao repeatedly in the fight buildup, claiming that the eight-division world champion's killer instinct is gone.

During the official weigh-in on Friday, Bradley was at it again, announcing that he would knock Pacquiao out, eliciting boos from the predominantly Filipino crowd.

As a testament to the hard work they put in, both breezed through the 147-pound limit with Pacquiao checking in at 145 and Bradley tipping the scales at 145.5.

Bradley got what he wanted. Pacquiao is irritated and is itching for revenge.

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