American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. made no excuses for his unanimous decision loss against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, saying he is proud of his courageous performance against the "Pacman."
Bradley suffered his first-ever career defeat and failed to defend his WBO welterweight championship last Saturday in Las Vegas, as Pacquiao dismantled him down the stretch of their 12-round encounter.
“I hope everybody was entertained tonight,” Bradley said in the post-fight press conference. “I fought a courageous fight against Manny Pacquiao.”
Bradley surprisingly chose to stand toe-to-toe with Pacquiao – especially in the early rounds – as opposed to boxing and moving as many had expected him to do. He later explained that he wanted to go for a knockout, as he did not think he would win another decision against Pacquiao.
“Like I said, I fought a courageous fight, man. I stood in there, I exchanged with him. We had some good exchanges. I went for the knockout, I was going for the knockout,” said Bradley.
“Everybody saw it and hopefully it was an entertaining fight for the fans.”
Bradley suffered an injury on his right calf early in the match, which clearly hampered his movement later, but he refused to use that as an excuse and did not even want to talk about the injury.
“I don’t want to make excuses and take anything at all from Pacquiao. Tonight, he fought a successful fight,” said Bradley. “I don’t want to talk about it (the injury).”
“I don’t want to take anything from Pacquiao tonight. He fought a courageous fight, he did his best out there, and I have to accept defeat like a man,” he added.
Bradley was also complimentary of Pacquiao, whom he called a “true champion.”
“The reason why I love Pacquiao so much is he never ducks an opponent. He is always willing to face the best, and he faced one of the best tonight and came up on top,” said Bradley. “Manny Pacquiao is a true champion, an unbelievable fighter, and much respect for him and his team.”
Bradley, whose record now drops to 31-1, vowed to bounce back.
“I accept defeat like a man. I lost tonight, but the war is not over. I’m going to go back to the gym, and get better,” he said. “This just means I need more work.”
“I will become champion again,” he promised. “I will be champion again.”