Pacquiao Bradley

He hasn’t forgotten how to get there. Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, stepped back into the place where he was brutally knocked out in 2012 and didn’t skip a beat, as he is set to rematch undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was all smiles making his entrance, but as we get closer to Saturday, it’ll be interesting to see if he reacts any differently.

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They say time heals all wounds, and come April 12, fans across the world will see if Pacquiao still has what it takes to be champion. Bradley didn’t seem so sure he would be ready mentally.

“I don’t think his boxing skills have gone down,” Bradley said. “I think his fire is gone. He can’t even say he’s going to knock me out. Someone like that doesn’t deserve to be in the ring.”

“I’m going to see if I still have that fire. I’m not saying I’m going to knock him out,” he said. “I’m going to try my best and want to put on a good show,” the 35-year-old Filipino said when asked about the outcome of the fight.

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This week is one of four mega boxing weeks each year, two each for Pacquiao and two each for Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the current pound-for-pound king.

It will be interesting to see if the memory of being knocked unconscious will come back to Pacquiao, as he will have to step in the same ring where a much more muscular Juan Manuel Marquez turned offf his lights with a single right hand.

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Some fighters never recover from a knockout like that, but if anyone is able persevere, it would be the congressman and pride of the Phillipines.

David Kano is lead writer for MMA Show News and co-host of The Hollywood MMA Show. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDKano.

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