A boxing trainer believes former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. can finally move on with his career after losing a lopsided decision to Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in their rematch.
Pacquiao beat Bradley via unanimous decision in their April 12 rematch, avenging his controversial June 2012 defeat and regaining the WBO welterweight title.
Trainer Abel Sanchez, speaking to Hustle Boss, believes that the loss may wind up to be a blessing in disguise for Bradley, who was widely criticized by boxing fans after his win two years ago.
“To tell you the truth, I think it’s a big weight off his shoulders,” Sanchez said. “I think that Tim has been battling within himself with this win he had over Manny a while back.”
Beating Pacquiao should have made Bradley a superstar in the sport, but instead, he received a flood of criticism and even death threats.
Two convincing wins against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez went a long way in restoring the American’s confidence, but Sanchez believes it is the loss to Pacquiao that will finally allow Bradley to move on in his career.
“I think the fact that this is over with, he can concentrate on just being Tim,” said the trainer.
Sanchez did note that Bradley made the victory easier for Pacquiao by coming out aggressive.
“For some reason, Bradley decided to be a puncher and gave himself up. He made it an easy fight for Manny,” he said.