Rematch will be personal, says the American
MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American Timothy Bradley said fighting Manny Pacquiao nearly ruined his reputation as a boxer.
In an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio, the WBO welterweight titlist admitted he expected his career to pick up after “conquering” the Filipino superstar via split decision last year.
But he later found himself ostracized due to the controversial nature of his win.
“Fighting Pacquiao actually hurt my career, I couldn’t believe it,” he confessed.
He later found redemption after slugging it out with Pacquiao’s sparring fighter Ruslan Provodnikov. After 12 brutal rounds with the Russian bruiser, Bradley came out victorious with a unanimous decision.
Just recently, Bradley outsmarted fellow Pacquiao conqueror Juan Manuel Marquez, which also ended via split decision.
He said he is counting for the Filipino superstar to beat Brandon Rios on November 24 so he will get the rematch he wanted against Pacquiao.
“I just hope this guy wins, beats Brandon Rios, and I hope he calls my name and says he wants to rematch me or something,” said Bradley.
“Fighting Pacquiao again, the fight will definitely be personal. It wouldn’t be business, it will be personal,” he stressed.