MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley has his reasons for avoiding a multi-million dollar rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
For one, he was traumatized by the result of their first bout, which ended via a controversial decision.
Bradley walked away with the WBO welterweight belt despite Pacquiao’s dominance. As a result, the undefeated American received heavy criticism due to the controversial nature of his win.
“I was in the dark place when I fought Pacquiao,” Bradley, who was offered $6 million by Pacquiao’s camp, told Fight Hub.
“Then I fought [Ruslan] Provodnikov, it brought me into the light, I got a lot of respect from a lot of fans, people out there.”
Bradley added that as the reigning champion, he wants to defend his title in the US and not in Macau.
Bradley also has reservations against fighting at odd hours to accommodate the American pay-per-view market.
“I don't wanna go to Asia, what for? I'm the champion, what do you go to Asia for? I don't want to fight at 6 a.m. in the morning over in Asia,” he said.
However, he said he’s not saying “never” to a Pacquiao rematch.
“I want to stay in the light, i don't want to go back to that dark place, I wasn't ready to do that yet,” he said.
Bradley is scheduled to fight another Pacquiao tormentor, Juan Manuel Marquez, on October 12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
He said Marquez will be his “new platform.”
“I wanted something new, I want a new platform, I want the guy who beat Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said.