Former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. has returned home to Palm Springs, a couple of weeks after suffering his first career loss at the hands of Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
The Desert Sun reported that Bradley was welcomed home by friends and fans at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center following a short vacation in Hawaii.
“The people that’s here are the right people who need to be here – the people who care about me, the people who really respect what I do and what I do for the community,” Bradley said upon his return.
Bradley failed to defend his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao last April 12, losing a unanimous decision that ended his six-year undefeated streak.
“I’m going to heal up, get my injury taken care of, and come back even stronger,” said Bradley, who suffered a calf injury in the first round that affected him all throughout the 12-round encounter.
“I think this loss has definitely motivated me, changed my whole outlook on some things and fighting,” he added.
“I’m completely different in the way I think now.”
Bradley received praise from Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum despite losing to Pacquiao, with the promoter saying the American’s stock rose because of his decision to fight toe-to-toe against the “Pacman.”