Manny Pacquiao is taking nothing for granted in his hotly-anticipated rematch against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on 12 April, claiming that he has "to prove he can still fight".
The Filipino suffered a shock defeat by the unbeaten American in their first meeting back in June 2012, losing his WBO welterweight title by split decision, but the 35-year-old says he is not motivated by revenge, he just wants to prove his worth.
"I don't think of vengeance or revenge," he said. "I have to prove that I can still fight."
Pacquiao was victorious in his last bout against Brandon Rios in November, his first win after back-to-back defeats.
In Pacquiao's corner will be his usual trainer Freddie Roach, who says that they would love a knock-out, but they won't be taking the risk of going out all guns blazing to look for one, as Pacquiao found to his cost in his sixth-round stoppage defeat by nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in December.
"We'd love a K.O but we can't get looking for one," Roach cautiously revealed. "If it happens, if happens...we'll take it round by round."Reuse content