Timothy Bradley Jr. will go toe-to-toe against Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, but on Wednesday the American boxer took some time to express not just respect, but support for the "Pacman."
Pacquiao has said that Saturday's fight – his third against Bradley – will be the last of his boxing career, after which he will focus on politics, which includes a run at a Senate seat in the May national elections.
On Wednesday's press conference in Las Vegas, Bradley wished Pacquiao luck in the elections and even briefly campaigned for his upcoming opponent.
"Good luck in your campaign," Bradley said, as quoted by Yahoo! Sports. "I wish nothing but the best for you, man. I hope you truly, truly win. I really do."
Bradley also mentioned that he read that Pacquiao "has to win this fight" in order to secure victory in the Senatorial campaign as well.
"I think that is baloney," he said. "I think that is garbage. I don't think the fight has anything to do with what this man has shown for the Filipino people, where he's from."
"To lose a fight or whatever happens and not get what is rightfully deserved, for him to win (the Senate seat)… If he hasn't shown everybody what he is made of with everything he has done for the Philippines and the Filipino people," he added.
Bradley emphasized that in his opinion, Pacquiao is "truly the only one out there who is going to do right by the Filipino people."
"He's shown over and over that he is for the people and by the people, and that he's a man of his word. He's always shown that character and that integrity, and I think he's the right man for the job," he stressed.
In the latest ABS-CBN-Pulse Asia survey, Pacquiao was listed among the probably winners, with a score of 35.7%.
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