Instead of savoring his victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012, WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley revealed that he underwent a “period of darkness” due to his controversial victory over the Filipino superstar.
Bradley explained during an interview on "HBO Face Off with Max Kellerman" that he didn’t get to celebrate due to the hatred he received from fans.
“No one thought I had what it took to beat Manny Pacquiao. So when I did edge out the decision, I never got the credit I deserved,” he said.
“Beating Pacquiao was supposed to be the turning point in who Timothy Bradley really is but instead it became a very dark point and time in my life. The boos turned into hatred and then hatred turned into death threats. I felt I had done enough to beat Paquiao but everyone was out to prove that I hadn't,” added Bradley.
Bradley will get the chance to set things straight with Pacquiao when they go at it again on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Most fight fans believed the Filipino won as he appeared to be the aggressor in the bout.
A review conducted by the WBO after the fight also saw Pacquiao winning at least eight or more rounds against Bradley. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, however, refused to overturn the judges’ decision.
“My plan in this fight is to throw a lot of punches,” said Pacquiao for his part. “This time I have to prove him that I can give him a good show.”