MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. no longer needs a wheelchair but is still recovering from foot injuries sustained during his welterweight clash against Filipino fight king Manny Pacquiao last June 9.
Bradley upset Pacquiao to win via a controversial unanimous decision, but the American boxer went to the post-fight interview in a wheelchair after suffering an injury on his left foot.
“The left foot is okay, but he’s still wearing a boot on it,” said Bradley’s manager, Joel Diaz, in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“He tore a ligament near the upper part of the foot, so he’s still having a little bit of problems putting pressure on it,” he added.
Diaz said Bradley is no longer in a wheelchair, but the boxer still needs to use crutches.
“The doctor said he’ll be able to put pressure on the foot in around five weeks... Tim’s got one more week and then they’ll take off the boot,” said the trainer.
Bradley and his family also took a vacation to Hawaii, Diaz said.
“When he comes back from vacation, we have a meeting with Top Rank to see what the future holds, but for now we haven’t talked about anything,” he added.
Because of the controversy surrounding Bradley’s win, the bout was investigated by the Nevada Stte Attorney General’s office, the Nevada State Athletic Association, and the World Boxing Organization.
A panel of five judges convened by the WBO re-scored the bout unanimously in Pacquiao’s favor, though the sanctioning body will not strip Bradley of the title.
Meanwhile, the Nevada Attorney General did not find any criminal activity surrounding the scoring of the high-profile bout.
Diaz admitted that the controversy surrounding the fight has been hard on him and his fighter.
“A lot of people don’t understand that we’re just doing our job. I do my job, Tim does his job, and at the end of the day, it surprises me that we get blamed for stuff,” Diaz said.
“It’s hard, but we always just keep our heads up and move on,” he added.
Pacquiao has said that he is willing to fight Bradley in a November 10 rematch, though nothing has been finalized.