'All or nothing' for Bradley against Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley is determined to make his moment in the limelight count when he steps into the ring with Filipino welterweight legend Manny Pacquiao.
In a relatively low-key career to date, Bradley has nonetheless built an unbeaten record of 28-0 with 12 knockouts but admits that, while this is the biggest fight of his life, it is unlikely to rank among his illustrious opponent's top ten bouts.
Nevertheless, the American sees his subdued reputation to date as an asset against Pacquiao, a boxer he has admired throughout his own career.
"I'm going to put it all on the line on Saturday," Bradley said. "This is not his biggest fight, it's my biggest fight. It's all or nothing."
Bradley, regarded as a tough, skilled fighter who has fought on the fringes of the spotlight for much of his career, is a heavy underdog against the WBO welterweight champion. Alongside Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, with both fighters struggling to agree terms on a bout that could define both the division and the era.
In Mayweather's stead, Bradley is relishing his first fight in Las Vegas and believes he has a plan for the Filipino - although he accepts that theory and practice are two different propositions.
"It's been a long journey, but I knew at some point I would get here," said Bradley, who won his first world title, at light-welterweight, in 2008. "I came from the lumberjack yards in California, you know? Fighting in little ballrooms. And now, we're in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand hotel, and we're going to be fighting in front of thousands of people.
"I know that I've got to stay tight, I've got to stay behind a good jab, I've got to keep moving, I've got to have great defence, and I've got to counter-punch the hell out of this guy with combinations."