MANILA – American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. feels he did not get the credit he deserved when he controversially defeated Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in 2012 and seeks to correct that in their April 2014 rematch.
Bradley was infamously awarded a split decision over Pacquiao when they fought in June 2012, even though most ringside observers agreed that the Filipino dominated the fight.
The victory – which should have catapulted Bradley to stardom – instead caused many fans to turn against the American boxer as they believed he was undeserving of the win.
Now, Bradley has a chance to prove that he was not gifted a decision in the first fight when he defends the WBO welterweight crown against Pacquiao on April 12.
“I think I can basically redeem from what I didn’t get in the first fight,” said Bradley in a Fight Hype interview. “In this fight, I can get all the credit for beating Pacquiao this time.”
“I didn’t get no credit for the first fight,” he admitted. “A lot of people, a lot of spectators, a lot of fans felt that I didn’t deserve it, that I didn’t win the fight.”
Bradley acknowledged that the backlash he received following the Pacquiao fight was difficult for him. “That’s kind of hard, man, you know what I mean?” he said.
Even as he bounced back with a brave victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and another win over Juan Manuel Marquez, the Pacquiao fight still cast a cloud on Bradley’s career.
“I don’t think I can move forward in my career without fighting this guy again, and putting no doubts in people’s minds and actually beating him convincingly,” said Bradley.
“This is my opportunity to do that, and I’m gonna do it,” he said.