Episode one of the HBO documentary series 24/7 following the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley rematch debuted on Saturday, covering the past two months of promotions and training for the two fighters. The in depth look at each fighters journey offers fans an inside perspective on the preparations and attitude of each boxer heading into their April 12th bout. A confident & unsettled Bradley spoke several times in the documentary, mainly to voice his lingering discontentment with the amount of respect he has received after his victory over Pacquiao in 2012. That fight is still viewed as one of the worst judging decisions in boxing history. The main purpose of the documentary is to hype the fight & encourage fans to purchase the pay per view broadcast.
Pacquiao, throughout the documentary, addressed his critics that say he no longer has the fire to fight, only the talent. While Pacquaio was certainly not ultra defensive, he stated that he let up on Bradley in the first fight. This sentiment was backed by his trainer, Freddy Roach, who said that, “Manny was too compassionate,” in his first match up with Bradley. Ironically, having too much compassion is the reason most give when criticizing Pacquiao in saying he has lost his fire. Many claim this on the basis of Pacquiao’s religious convictions & how they feel about them.
The episode certainly added intrigue to an already eagerly anticipated rematch. The two men both appeared ready & determined to make a statement on April 12th. The winner of the bout is already set to face the winner of the late May match up between Mike Alvarado & Juan Manuel Marquez.
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