MANILA, Philippines – Joel Diaz, the boxing coach of new world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, complained that his team has yet to enjoy the fulfillment of their victory over Manny Pacquiao.
“Nobody gives us the credit,” Diaz told Examiner.com on Bradley’s controversial split-decision win against the 8-division champion from the Philippines.
Diaz claimed that his fighter, now the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound champion, won the bout fair and square.
Two of the judges scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley. Only one judge sided with Pacquiao, 115-113.
But Diaz complained that most people say otherwise.
“Timothy’s a champion, they gave him the belt, but it doesn’t feel like it,” he said.
“I run into people and even though they gave us the support, I just hate the fact that they say ‘Hey, congratulations, it wasn’t your fault’. You never hear ‘Congratulations, you guys did a great job’. Maybe one out of ten times I hear that,” he added.
He said people should praise Bradley for surviving an elite fighter like Pacquiao.
The American boxer has beat the odds and is worthy of commendation, added Diaz.
“I just think that Timothy did his job. He didn’t get beat up like people expected him to. People never thought Timothy was going to survive the fight.”