Boxing: Manny Pacquiao relishing ring return

Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley Boxing

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Manny Pacquiao is ‘hungry and excited’ at his imminent return to the ring for his third career showdown against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9.

The 37-year-old Filipino has been out of boxing for 11 months following his points defeat against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on May 2 last year which cost him his WBO welterweight title.

However, having enjoyed a good break, Pacquiao is now relishing the prospect of facing American Bradley next month as he bids to call time on his career with a notable win.

Pac-Man lost to Bradley via a split-decision in their first meeting in June 2012, but exacted revenge to win back his WBO belt with a unanimous points win almost two years later.

And the eight-division world champion feels in good shape going into the third meeting after being put through his paces with trainer Freddie Roach.

“A good thing happened that I take a long rest [after the Floyd Mayweather fight],” Pacquiao said.

“This is the longest rest I’ve taken in my career since I started boxing. It’s good because when you get back to training you’re hungry and excited and happy to be back in the ring.

“Training camp is good. We’re all set and ready to fight. Now we’re just maintaining our condition for this fight.”
He added: “My focus is of course to win the last fight. Before I hang up my gloves it’s good to know that my last fight is a win.”

Pacquiao is 1.40 to win the fight, Bradley is 3.00 and the draw is 21.00.

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