FILE: Timothy Bradley Jr. (L) of the U.S. exchanges blows with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
MANILA, Philippines – Following his unanimous decision victory over Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez last week, unbeaten American Timothy Bradley is setting his sights on a rematch against Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Bradley infamously defeated Pacquiao via split decision when they fought in June 2012, a fight that saw him sustain foot injuries midway through the 12-round encounter.
“In the Pacquiao fight, I didn’t have mobility at all,” said Bradley in an interview with Tha Boxing Voice. “It definitely affected my performance in that fight.”
“Although I still won, a lot of people don’t feel that I won that fight. I would love to definitely go back and revisit that chapter now, and fight Manny Pacquiao again and beat him,” he added.
A rematch against Marquez is also possible, although Bradley is not fond of that idea after the Mexican claimed that he was robbed of the victory.
“I would just have to keep that door open basically from a business standpoint, but me personally, after the whole thing and after him saying what he said, that he got robbed and all this crap, it almost makes me feel like not giving him a rematch,” Bradley said.
“I would definitely think about it, but as of right now, I’m not even thinking about Marquez, and I’m not thinking about a rematch either,” he added.
The victory over Marquez proved to a huge boost to Bradley’s career, as he dismantled the Mexican legend with his boxing skills and speed. It also showed that he had recovered nicely from his showdown against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov last March, a fight that saw him get nearly knocked out before rallying to win a decision.
“A lot of people are showing a lot of love and respect and a lot of appreciation for what I did in that fight, beating a legend like Marquez,” said Bradley. “It just definitely brings me a couple of steps closer to my ultimate goal of being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game.”