"I've heard in the past and read in the past from (trainer) Freddie Roach's own mouth that Pacquiao is too compassionate," said Bradley, 30, who will be making his third title defense. "He's compassionate with his sparring partners. I'm begging his sparring partners to go in there and try to knock his head off to light a fire. His last fight when he fought against Rios, I really had never seen Manny Pacquiao step back before, especially when he has a guy trapped in the corner. I saw that and I was like, something's different, something's totally different.
"Where I tested it was the 'Face Off.' I was like, 'What are you gonna do to me?' And he wouldn't answer me and I was like, 'Are you gonna knock me out? Why can't you say you're gonna knock me out? Why can't you tell me that? Tell me you're gonna knock me out.' He never said it. He couldn't say it. That shows you compassion."
Pacquiao has brushed off Bradley's assessment. He has said throughout his training camp and again this week that he will "show more aggressiveness" and that he plans to throw a lot more punches, even though at age 35 and after so many tough fights he might not be capable of that anymore.
"The more he says it the more it inspires me to show the hunger and the killer instinct he is talking about," Pacquiao said. "It's good for me, but not for them, I think. I am not angry or disappointed about what he says to me but I'm happy that he has told me that because it inspires me to train hard and to focus in the gym on my game plan and focus on the fight. It is a benefit for me."
Said Bradley, "If it fired him up, so be it. I don't care. I ain't worried. I'm prepared."
Roach said that Bradley's harping on Pacquiao's supposed lack of fire has made him even hungrier to beat Bradley and set the record straight after being robbed two years ago.