Timothy Bradley enjoyed a controversial decision against Manny Pacquiao last December, ending the Filipino Congressman’s seven-year unbeaten streak.
The win didn’t particularly endear Bradley to boxing fans since most felt Pacquiao did more than enough to secure the nod. Unable to reverse the questionable scorecards of judges C.J Ross and Duane Ford who both scored the fight 115-113 in Timothy’s favor, many Pacquiao fans vented their frustration on Bradley, some labeling him a coward for agreeing with the controversial decision, others demanding he relinquish the WBO belt he won against Pacquiao.
Even though it was clearly the biggest win of Bradley’s career, instead of rising, his stock as a boxer dropped afterwards. Fortunately for Bradley, he managed to redeem himself a bit when he faced Ruslan Provodnikovon in March; a fight that turned out to be one of the most entertaining bouts so far in 2013 thanks to the gutsy performances turned it by both men.
Timothy Bradley will get an even bigger opportunity to prove he’s a legitimate champion when he defends the WBO welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12. Marquez is coming off an impressive knockout victory against Pacquiao, which is also the biggest win of his career, and a victory against the savvy veteran would prove once and for that Bradley is indeed one of boxing’s elite.
With potential fights against Floyd Mayweather and a rematch against Manny Pacquiao still on the horizon, Timothy Bradley understands how big a win against Marquez would be for his career. He vows to bring his A-game come fight time.
“Marquez is a late-bloomer who got better and better,” Bradley said about his upcoming opponent. “He is a legend. The greatest Mexican fighter of his era. He has a great trainer in Nacho Beristain. But they will never stop my will to win. I will win because I have to win. It’s in my DNA. And I will be a bigger name because of my will to win. … I have one goal – go into the ring, win and retire the great Juan Manuel Marquez.”