Timothy Bradley wasn’t exactly the most popular boxer on the planet prior to his June 9 title fight against Manny Pacquiao, but his controversial split-decision victory against the Filipino congressman earned him a lot of notoriety.
From members of Congress to casual boxing fans, many are now familiar with Bradley’s name, and he’s hoping to cash in on his new found fame.
Many in the boxing community scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao (I scored it 8-4 in favor of the Filipino icon), but Bradley still feels he was the rightful winner. Bradley even lashed out Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, for suggesting he admitted defeat after the fight.
“What is Bob Arum’s favorite slogan? ‘I was lying yesterday, but I’m telling the truth today.’ Is that it?” Bradley said during a conversation with Mydesert.com. “I never told Bob that at all. He’s a liar and I will tell him that to his face. I told Bob I did the best I can. I got injured. That was it. That’s all I said to Bob. I didn’t say, ‘Bob, I couldn’t beat that guy.’ I would never say that, because I thought I won the fight.”
Bradley remains open to the idea of a rematch against Pacquiao in November, but Arum seems to be leaning towards a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
A fight between Marquez and Pacquiao is always entertaining, but it simply wouldn’t compare to a rematch against Bradley. The controversial ending to their June bout will only make the fight that much easier to sell, making it the financially safer option as well.
Besides, Marquez seems to have Pacquiao’s number, and the former WBO welterweight champion can’t afford to lose two consecutive fights.
Even though Pacquiao dominated Bradley during their June 9 encounter, I did like some of the things I saw from the current WBO welterweight champion. He out-boxed Pacquiao during the first two rounds, and the fight could have gone a lot differently if he didn’t injure his feet.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.