Ahead of his massive upcoming clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr, WBO welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao has opened up on his losses suffered in 2012 to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao v Mayweather takes place on May 2 in Las Vegas and is live on Showtime and HBO PPV.
What did you learn from your pair of 2012 defeats that have made you a better fighter?
“The loss I suffered to Tim Bradley I do not consider a loss. I accept the decision of the judges because that is part of boxing, but I felt I won that fight without a doubt. When I fought Bradley in the rematch I made sure to fight all out for the full 12 rounds. I wanted my world title belt back and I wanted to prove I was the better fighter.
“The lesson I learned from my loss to Juan Manuel Marquez was patience. I got too over anxious for the knockout when I had Marquez hurt. Knockouts should never be forced. I had Marquez badly hurt and on the ropes. When I heard the ten-second warning to end the round I thought I could finish him off with one last barrage of punches. I made a misstep and Marquez caught me with a perfect right counterpunch. He was the wrong man to make that kind of mistake against!
“I have been more patient in my last three fights against Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley and Chris Algieri and I have won almost every round of each those fights while still giving the fans the action they have always expected from me. In my last fight, against Algieri, I had six knockdowns and he was a runner. I think I have become a better fighter since my last loss.”
Mayweather-Pacquiao: At Last, a special film presented by HBO Sports detailing the road to the most anticipated fight of this era, debuts Saturday, April 18 at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao takes place Saturday, May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.