MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is admittedly frustrated over the lack of credit given to him even after winning four world titles and maintaining a spotless record through 29 professional bouts.
“It’s just that I have come a long way, and never got any credit,” Bradley told Boxing Scene. “Still today, I don’t get credit.”
“I’m a four-time world champion and I still haven’t gotten any credit,” he added.
Bradley booked the biggest win of his career last week when he upset Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao in their 12-round clash for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
Bradley was awarded the victory via split decision, a result that has been criticized by boxing media and fans alike. Majority of the audience and the writers at ringside gave the victory to Pacquiao by a wide margin.
Bradley said he was “sick” of not being given credit for his achievements as a boxer.
“I just want to fight the best fights out there for me and my family and the fans out there. I want to give them the best fights. I don’t really care about the record books,” Bradley said.
“I’m the freaking welterweight champion of the world, and people feel like I don’t deserve it. It is sad, man. I worked my (expletive) off to win that fight,” he added
“I am at the point where I am losing my love for boxing.”
Bradley has heard all the criticisms regarding the scoring of the bout and insists that neither he nor Pacquiao had anything to do with it.
Two judges, Duane Ford and CJ Ross, scored it for the American 115-113, while Jerry Roth had the same score for Pacquiao.
“(Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum doesn’t have anything to do with this. Neither do I and neither does Pacquiao,” Bradley said.
“The judges scored the fight how they saw it, so everyone else needs to stop blaming us. They should take it up with the judges. Not with Top Rank. Not with me. Noth with Pacquiao,” he said.
Bradley is looking forward to a November 10 rematch with Pacquiao, where he hopes to prove his critics wrong. But if that does not push through, the American boxer will be aiming for another big money fight.
“Whatever makes the most money and makes the most sense,” he said. “I’m not looking for any up-and-comers. I want to fight the best out there.”