True warrior Timothy Bradley knows perhaps more about Manny Pacquiao than any of Pac Man’s other ring opposition with the exception of Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley, as fans know, thrice fought Pacquiao, winning the first encounter via hugely controversial decision, losing the other two bouts on the score cards.
Warrior Tim Bradley, last seen in the ring doing battle for a third time with superstar Manny Pacquiao in April, has gone on record stating how he is mulling over the idea of retiring sooner rather than later. Bradley, speaking with FightHub, said “I think about it (retirement) a lot.”
A great fighter who thrilled fans with, amongst other bouts, his almost unbelievably entertaining 12 round war with Ruslan Provodnikov – this incredible, up-from-the-floor 2013 win arguably being the most exciting of Bradley’s 36 pro fights – Bradley says he “can’t complain,” and that at age 33 he feels he has “done pretty damn well,” which is of course an understatement.
Warrior Timothy Bradley, a fighter rarely seen in a dull fight, has signed a two year extension with Top Rank Promotions, the promoters “Desert Storm” has been with for over half of his pro career; so reports Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Bradley, last seen losing his rubber-match with Manny Pacquiao in April, wants to fight again in December of this year, so said Todd duBoef, and if this doesn’t happen, the plan will be for the former 140 and 147-pound champ to box again in January of next year.
The man Bradley, 33-2-1(13) wants to face before his exciting career comes to an end is another former champ who is approaching the final great moments of his career: Miguel Cotto. “That’s one of the fights Tim would like before he is done with his career,” Monica Bradley said to ESPN.com. Cotto, at age 35, is three years older than Bradley and the Puerto Rican legend has not boxed since losing a competitive decision to the much bigger and younger Canelo Alvarez last November. But Cotto is looking to fight again in December and Bradley would make a great opponent choice.
April 9, 2016 and what was billed as the final match of Manny Pacquiao’s luminous career came to a close without the expected fanfare. Much like Floyd Mayweather’s supposed retirement several months prior, the boxing world is not quite convinced Pacquiao will leave the sport. Interestingly, talk of Pacquiao’s final performance in the ring was not the main narrative of the night; boxing media instead was much more focused on Timothy Bradley’s alliance with new head trainer Teddy Atlas.
It didn’t go out live on air, nor was it recorded, but a conversation Floyd Mayweather Junior is supposed to have had with Tim Bradley this past Saturday would have been a very interesting one to have eavesdropped on. According to a piece by Wallace Matthews on ESPN.com, the retired great is supposed to have told the beaten Bradley that he had Saturday’s rubber-match between Bradley and the now retired Manny Pacquiao all even as a draw.
More than eleven months after suffering a one-sided loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao finally made his return to the squared circle – and it was against familiar foe, Timothy Bradley, who battled it out with the Filipino sensation in their rubber match this past Saturday. Pacquiao knocked Bradley down in round 7 and again in round 9, before ultimately being awarded a unanimous decision victory where all three official judges scored the contest 116-110 in favor of Manny Pacquiao. The performance was on par with the best Pacquiao has looked since suffering a devastating KO loss at the hands of long time nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez back in late 2012.
For purely selfish reasons, boxing fans lament, “say it ain’t so” to Manny “Pac man” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KO) and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (49-0-0, 26KO). They are two fighters, who should remain at the top of the P4P lists. There is a problem, though. Money wisely continues with his desire to be in control. In other words, as he explains, he wants it to be his decision to retire, rather than have adverse effects of the brutal game dictate when it’s time to retire.
Considering he’s a politician, not too many people seem willing to take Manny Pacquiao at his word. The 37-year-old, who twice knocked down Tim Bradley on the way to winning a wide decision in last night’s rubber-match in Las Vegas, stated before the fight how it would be his last. And after picking up his unanimous decision victory, Pac-Man stated how he is now retired.
In their third and possibly final fight together, 37-year-old Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) proved to have too much speed and talent for former two division world champion Tim Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) in defeating him by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao was the one coming forward all night trying to make the fight happen. Pacquiao’s aggressiveness paid off, as he knocked Bradley down in the 7th and 9th rounds. Other than those knockdowns, the fight was mostly a tactical affair with Bradley trying to avoid getting hit, and Pacquiao looking to land single left hand shots.
By: Bill Dwyre* – Saturday night, in a familiar boxing ring at a trendy bright-lights casino here, superstar MANNY PACQUIAO will do, in 36 minutes or less, what superstar Kobe Bryant has spent an entire NBA season doing.