Still not sure why people are mad at Tim Bradley.
Can someone explain to me what he did wrong? He was professional through the entire process and did his best to hype the promotion of the fight.
On fight night unlike many Manny Pacquiao opponents who were just in the ring to cash a check, Bradley fought as hard as he could for all 12 rounds.
The reason you do that is because you never know in Boxing. I even gave him 2 of the last 3 rounds just because Pacquiao went into cruise control and that proved to be Pac’s fatal mistake.
Bradley didn’t judge the fight, so there is ZERO REASON for him to give his belt back.
Here is what Bradley had to say via No Guts No Glory.
“I fought my fight. I fought the best I could that night given my injuries but I’m not the one to blame. I’m not the one to blame for the results. The judges saw the fight the way they saw the fight and that is that. They had some really professional judges out there and some really good judges out there and Duane Ford is one of the best judges out there and he picked me. What do you want me to do? I thought the fight was close after the fight. I wasn’t sure if I won it or not. I was like ‘I’m in Vegas and never know how the judges are going to judge it. I know the fight’s really close.’ My corner was telling me ‘you won the fight, you won the fight’ and that was the reason they raised me up after the fight. I felt that I won the fight. I started hearing the actual scoring. The first one said ‘Pacquiao,’ second one was for me, I heard the same 15-13 and I was like ‘oh yeah I’ve got this without a doubt’ and you saw me raise my hands up before the last score and then boom I knew. There were some people sitting ringside that thought I won the fight and a lot of people didn’t feel like I won the fight and it is what it is. I think they were pretty much focused on Pacquiao and didn’t really focus on what I was doing in there. The judges were clued in and focused on the fight and they scored the fight according to what they saw.”
On on Facebook and Twitter, reading people’s comments, e-mails and people are sending me like death threats, telling me to die, telling me to give the belt back, ‘if you’re a man’ and all this hate mail. Just people being really rude like I’m the one to blame. ‘If you’re a real champion and want any respect from me then you’d give the belt back.’ I’m like ‘dude I earned the belt and I’m not giving the belt back.’ Anybody out there that thinks I should give the belt back, the belt is not going back. I deserve the belt. I won the fight regardless of what anyone thinks. The judges thought I won the fight and that is that. I’m not the one to blame here. Don’t be pointing the finger at me, don’t be sending me crazy e-mails and things like that because I really don’t care.”
It was a robbery, but I gave Bradley four rounds, so it wasn’t a complete white wash. 2 of those 4 rounds could have went either way, so honestly out of the 12 rounds, Bradley in my mind only won 2 clearly.
I don’t think it was a close fight at all, I will though rewatch the fight on Saturday night.
With all of that being said, Bradley isn’t at fault in any shape, form or fashion. The people who are sending him death threats are pathetic.
No one should be getting death threats. Pacquiao received $26 million for the fight, he will be alright, if he didn’t ease up at the end we wouldn’t even be having this discussion right now.
Lesson learned is nothing is guaranteed, go for the KO, don’t leave it in judges hands.