American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is proud of his spotless boxing record but he is not allowing that to define his career.
Bradley has won all 31 of his professional matches, and has notched victories over future Hall-of-Famers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, as well as a tough win over Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov.
“Being unbeaten is a great accomplishment,” Bradley said during a conference call to promote his April 12 rematch with Pacquiao. “But it’s not everything in boxing, honestly.”
“I feel that fighting the best fights and giving the fans what they want is the best thing for you and your career,” he added. “A lot of the guys that are legendary have losses on their records, but they fought the best fighters in the world.”
“That’s what is important to me – I want to be one of the best fighters in the world. I want to fight the best out there, because I want to be the No. 1 fighter in the world, and that’s what’s important to me.”
Bradley readily acknowledged that he can lose to Pacquiao in their rematch – “It only takes one punch to end the night and we know that” – but stressed that the zero in his record “doesn’t really mean that much to me.”
“It’s just there,” Bradley said. “I have beaten everyone they have put in front of me. That’s all it means. But I just want to fight the best.”