Timothy Bradley announces retirement from boxing 

 

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Five-time world champion Timothy Bradley announced Saturday he will retire from boxing, turning a page in his life that brought him international fame.

“Thank you for cheering me on when I didn’t deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all,” Bradley said in a release.

Bradley’s full release is below.

There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed emotions.

Looking back at Timothy Bradley’s championship years

I have spent the past couple days trying to find the right words to describe this point in my life and no matter how long I sit and reflect, I still don’t know if these words can do my thoughts justice, but I’m going to do my best to open up my heart and share with all of you during this pivotal time.

How Timothy Bradley’s life intersected with 1968 Olympians George Foreman and John Carlos

It is no secret that a life of any professional athlete is not an easy one- yes it comes with a lot of fame and fortune but also comes with fear and fatigue. A balance that has to be achieved by ambition and maintained through perspective. For over twenty three years, Boxing gave me purpose and it defined me. Dedicated to my craft and fueled by my passion for the sport, my love for my team and my admiration for all of you who supported me day in and day out– I was able to give 100% of myself to be the best and to always get up when I was knocked down. It was the biggest challenge in my life but I embraced the sacrifice with every victory and milestone reached. Boxing gave me roots, it kept me off the streets, it gave me confidence, it taught me how to be a man and face every challenge head on and take the good with the bad. Yes I missed holidays, birthdays, even missed hearing some of my children’s first words but more than time, it took my blood, sweat and tears, all things I can never get back. Which is why turning the page for me is bittersweet. That once in a lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100% is now fueled towards something else- my family. I find my strength in them, my peace and most importantly, unconditional love. I wake up wanting to spend all my time being a father, being a husband and being free. Although that square circle I lived to dance in everyday gave me so many smiles and blessings, it could never out weigh the smiles and blessings I receive from my wife and children. It’s now my turn to support them and encourage them to live their dreams and I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter. I hope to continue to allow boxing in my world through teaching, commentating and being a fan of a sport I love so dearly.

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And to you, the diehard fans, man, it’s been one heck of a ride. The bumps, the bruises, the peaks, the valleys, the days I didn’t want to get out of bed and the nights I couldn’t sleep….So many occasions where my heart, mind and soul were tested but with every challenge there was hope and there was all of you…giving me the courage to fight another day and do what I loved to do. I can never find the words to convey how much I appreciate all of you and how truly humbled I am by the unconditional support the past 23 years, Thank you. Thank you for cheering me on when I didn’t deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all.

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How 1968 Olympians George Foreman and John Carlos influenced champion boxer Timothy Bradley

 

By Leighton Ginn

George Foreman said he has been impressed with the career of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, comparing him to legend Jersey Joe Walcott, and thought he was a boxer who came out of nowhere.

But Foreman didn’t realize that he had actually met Bradley early in his career.

In 2005, Foreman had flown out to California to do a favor for his 1968 U.S. Olympic teammate, sprinter John Carlos, who was a counselor at Palm Springs High School. During an event, Carlos had asked Foreman to take time out to talk to his friend Ray’s son, who happened to be Bradley.

When told of that event, Foreman remembered talking to Carlos’ friend who was a boxer. He just never realized it was Bradley.

“That’s who that was?” Foreman said during a telephone interview. “I didn’t realize that was Timothy Bradley at all.

“What a small world. Man alive.”

It is the friendship between Carlos and Ray Bradley that made the meeting possible for Tim Bradley and memorable for Foreman.

Back in 1968, Foreman was just a 19-year-old boxer with a lot of talent but little experience. Carlos was a world record holder in the 200 meters and one of the biggest personalities on the U.S team.  He was also a man Foreman looked up to.

Once the Olympics began, both athletes were busy preparing for their events and wouldn’t have time to catch up. They made a deal they would meet a few days after the Olympics to share their experiences.

“It was the day after the Olympics we were going to meet and go over what happened in our lives,” Foreman said.

“We didn’t get to actually sit and chat.”

John Carlos and George Foreman: Contrasting images, lasting friendship

Carlos won a bronze medal in the 200 while U.S. teammate Tommie Smith won the gold. At the awards stand, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised their gloved fists during the national anthem to protest the lack of civil rights for people of color.

Afterwards, Carlos and Smith were ostracized and thrown out of the Olympic Village. Both were booked on the next flight back to America.

 

Days later, Foreman would win his gold medal as a boxing heavyweight. Immediately winning the gold medal, Foreman would pull out a small American flag that he would wave in celebration.

For many, Foreman’s celebration was interpreted as a response to Carlos and Smith’s protest. Foreman said that wasn’t the case.

Foreman said his flag waving was not a statement to contrast what Carlos and Smith had done. As a 19-year-old, Foreman had fulfilled a dream and he wanted to celebrate and show his patriotism.

“There I am, winning a gold medal, and I got to make sure everyone knew where I’m from,” Foreman said “In my ignorance, if I don’t raise this flag, they wouldn’t know where I’m from.”

Because the perception was Foreman was protesting Smith and Carlos, he encountered his own backlash. It became evident when he returned home to Houston.

“I’m a happy boy and I’m wearing my gold medal everywhere, the grocery store, everywhere. I didn’t take it off,” Foreman said. “One guy comes to me, and he was a neighbor for years and I knew him. He said, ‘How could you do what you did when the brothers were doing their thing?’ I didn’t understand what he was talking about, I really didn’t understand.

“Later on, I heard more about it and what the media was saying about it. I got a little mean about it and no one said anything about it again. I was waiting for it with a left-right. I wasn’t going to hear anything like that.”

The backlash would form Foreman’s surly and intimidating persona when he turned pro.

Foreman would ascend to the heavyweight boxing title and forged a legendary career, beating Joe Frazier for the title, losing the title to Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle and the Rope a Dope strategy.

In his second part of his career, the kinder and gentler Foreman become the oldest heavyweight champion at 47 when he knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994.

Outside of the ring, Foreman became one of the country’s most successful businessman with his Foreman Grill.

Carlos faced his own backlash.  He regularly received death threats and was constantly followed by the FBI. In his book, “The John Carlos Story,” he said the harassment and constant surveillance put a strain on his family life that he separated from his first wife Kim.

The lowest point, according to Carlos in his book, was a moment he was so lonely from the isolation that he asked the agent who was following him if he would like to share a cup of coffee one night.

By 1989, at the urging of his kids during a detour on a road trip, Carlos had moved to Palm Springs, Calif. What was supposed to be a short stopover became his home for over 20 years. Carlos raised his kids and worked for the Palm Springs Unified School District as an in-school suspension supervisor and a coach.

It was through his job he forged a friendship with Ray Bradley, who was a security guard for the district.

“Ray was always a true grit-type of guy,” Carlos said. “What I like about Ray, he’s a man’s man. He’s a damn good father to his kids, he’s good to his woman. He has loyalty to his staff, loyalty to his job, loyal to his wife and kids and loyal to his friends. It was a rare quality at that time. It might still be a rare quality today.”

Ray Bradley said he was 5-years old when Carlos made his protest. When he saw it on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Ray Bradley said he didn’t understand the protest because he was so young, but developed an appreciation as he got older.

“That was a very powerful statement Mr. Carlos made in Mexico City,” Ray Bradley said. “Growing up at a young age I didn’t know what was going on. I saw a lot of racial tension and we just wanted equal.”

It was during those hot, lazy days in the Palm Springs desert when Carlos would share his experience of what happened after Mexico City.

“The stories he tells me, I go, ‘I don’t know how you are still here,’” Ray Bradley said. “Everyone wanted to hurt you for making a statement like that. He told me there was death threats, getting banned from the Olympics, kicked him out and sent him home.

“Then he goes, ‘They killed my first wife.’ Oh, that’s some heavy stuff.”

Carlos’ first wife Kim had committed suicide in 1977.

 

Feared and respected

 

There is a legend of Carlos that still stands today, Ray Bradley said.

Carlos had caught two kids ditching. When Carlos found them, they made a run for it, figuring they had several years on this middle-aged teacher and a few blocks head start. The student didn’t realize he was once one of the fastest men on the planet.

“He said, ‘Mr. Carlos ran me down. I had blocks on him and he smoked me. I thought it was a ghost,’” Ray Bradley remembered from the student. “He still had speed. As a mid-aged person, he still had speed.”

The kid asked who was the old man who ran him down. Carlos told the kid that if he was in class instead of ditching, he might learn who he was.

The kid would find Carlos in a history book.

But a young Timothy Bradley knows Carlos as a family friend.

He was a friend until Bradley got in trouble one day.

Mouthing off in class, Bradley was sent to Carlos by his teacher.

Bradley said he was scared.

“John Carlos didn’t pull any punches. He told you like it was. Don’t nobody want to hear the truth,” Bradley said. “That’s the reason why I was scared, I was scared about what he had to say.”

When Bradley walked into Carlos’ classroom, he said what he feared came true.

“I walked in, ‘What are you doing in here young blood? What are you doing in here? You don’t belong in here. Sit down. Get a magazine and write me an essay,’” Bradley remembered. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what am I doing in here?’ He was loud, he didn’t care if he hurt my feelings. He was real, and it was felt.”

At first, Carlos gave a different version of the incident.

“He was a pretty reserved kid,” Carlos said in a telephone conversation from his home in Georgia. “That wasn’t his style. My thing was to cheer him up, pick him up and make him feel good about who he is.”

When Carlos was told Bradley said he was yelled at and felt intimidated, Carlos quickly replied, “I scare them all when they first come in my room because I don’t want them coming back. That’s my stamp there.”

Bradley’s father was well aware of Carlos’ reputation. So when Tim returned home and told his dad about what happened, there was no further punishment.

“He already had his punishment. John Carlos jumped down his throat,” Ray Bradley said. “I didn’t have to do anything but give him that eye. ‘Do something again, I’m going to put something on you. I might have to go to jail, so don’t do it again.’”

Tim Bradley said he didn’t get in trouble again.

Carlos said he would see Ray in the weight room, and was mesmerized by how hard he worked. It was as if he was bonding with the weights.

“I think he transferred that work ethic to his son when he was a baby and embedded this in them. Never say quit, never say die,” Carlos said. “It was a commitment all around. You truly had to be committed. When you see the momma and daddy get up early with their boy at 5 a.m. and have him training, they must have had a goal in mind. They had a program to reach that goal.”

And through the years, Carlos said he would see that same kind of commitment from Bradley.

“His work ethic is the same today as it was as a kid, because he would get up and run all over the desert. I used to see him out there on the road and I’d just be smiling,” Carlos said. “When I would see him now, I would picture a little boy running in the morning. He never went away from the foundation his parents gave him.

“You could see his determination when he fights people. He fights guys taller than him, heavier then him and he goes through them like they’re a piece of cardboard.”

For more on John Carlos, go to his website

So when Carlos was contacted by Foreman in 2005, it was the first time they had spoken since the 1968 Olympics. In Carlos’ mind, he wanted Foreman to meet Tim.

Palm Springs High School was planning an event for Black History Month. Carlos asked Foreman if he could show up. Because it was a last-minute request, Foreman chartered a private jet to make sure he could fulfill the request.

“He said, he’s coming, He’s coming, so bring your son. I want him to meet him because he’s a great man, a great person. Whatever he can tell him, he could use it. Your son will be big one day. He needs to hear from Big George,” Ray Bradley said.

When Foreman arrived, he was busy meeting people all day before his speech. But Carlos made sure the Bradleys were backstage, so when Foreman was through talking, they could meet.

“Meeting him, it’s how a champion should be. He was very charismatic,” Tim Bradley said. “It was an honor to actually meet him, especially early in my career. It gave me someone to look up to, someone to be like. It showed me how a top former fighter from a different generation or era was and how he carried himself.”

While the day was a whirlwind for Foreman, he said meeting the Bradleys stuck out because Carlos made them a priority. And then what Foreman saw also stuck with him, and that was Tim with Ray and his mom Kathleen.

“You meet a lot of boxers, and they come up with their trainer or manager or promoter. Very rarely do they come with their family,” Foreman said. “It makes them different, that they have people who love and care for him.

“That’s what I remember, he had people who loved and cared for him. That’s why I poured out the information.”

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a story that ran in April.

 

Timothy Bradley will meet the fans on April 23 in Cerritos

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By Leighton Ginn

Five-time world champion Timothy Bradley will be in Cerritos at 2 p.m. on April 23rd at Leelin Bakery and Café.

Available to fans will be a limited edition T-shirts.

Leelin Bakery and Café is a Filipino spot that has a tasty menu. For more information on Leelin, or to look at their menu, go to http://www.leelinbakerycafe.com/

Bradley is coming off just the second loss of his career, dropping a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao to complete their trilogy.

 

 

Timothy Bradley on his favorite resort in Las Vegas

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By Leighton Ginn

Throughout the course of covering Timothy Bradley, there are several funny things he might blurt out.

It’s usually sincere, but also entertaining because of Bradley’s timing.

During the final press conference to talk about his fight against Brandon Rios in November, he took time out to thank the host resort, the Wynn, and had a fun way of expressing his admiration for the hotel.

I think the Wynn has found itself a pretty good spokesperson.

 

Could Amir Khan, Terence Crawford or Jessie Vargas be next for Timothy Bradley?

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By Leighton Ginn

Could the wait be over and could Timothy Bradley finally face Amir Khan?

Or will he be lured into fighting his “brother” Terence Crawford?

Will Jessie Vargas get the rematch he has been demanding?

Is Kell Brook, ranked by some as the No. 1 welterweight in the world, interested in Bradley?

Bradley is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016. It was the second loss in Bradley’s career, both coming at the fists of Pacquiao.

Although knocked down twice, Bradley didn’t appear hurt and could be ready to go in the fall. After the fight, however, Bradley didn’t look interested in talking too soon about what’s next.

But Bradley did emphasize he will continue boxing. So here’s a look at some possible opponents.

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AMIR KHAN: This might be the most appealing option for Bradley, but has complications to being made.

They were the top two guys in the light welterweights in 2011 and they were in negotiations for a fight. However, Bradley’s contract with his old promoters ran out and he signed with Top Rank in effort to set up a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

From that moment, there has been bad blood between the two. Prior to the weigh ins, Khan said something to Bradley.

Khan has a huge fight May 7 against Canelo Alvarez, where he will be a big underdog. If Khan loses, it could open the door to finally fight Bradley.

Questions remain as to Khan’s relationship with Al Haymon. The manager for Khan is in the middle of a $300 million anti-trust lawsuit again him by Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, who are promoting the fight.

Haymon’s fighters rarely fight outside the PBC banner. Bradley’s promoters, Top Rank, also have a lawsuit against Haymon.

De La Hoya said he never spoke to Haymon during negotiations for the Alvarez fight. Does that mean Haymon wouldn’t get in the way if Bradley and Khan wanted to fight next?

It would be a great option for both fighters.

KELL BROOK: The IBF champion is the No. 1 welterweight according to The Ring and wrote he is looking for a big fight. Timothy Bradley would fit that bill.

Sticking point of a fight like that will be venue. Being a big UK star, Brook would probably want the fight in England. While Bradley won his first title in England, he’s probably not interested in crossing the pond and he is the more accomplished fighter of the two.

But if Brook is interested in being a big star and wants a big stage, he will need to fight in the US.

JESSIE VARGAS: A rematch seems more appealing since Vargas won the WBO title that Bradley vacated to fight Pacquiao. Their first fight ended in controversy when referee Pat Russell stopped the fight at the 10-second warning instead of the final bell.

Vargas had rocked Bradley earlier in the fight and hand him wobbly before the end of the fight.

Outside the one punch, Bradley was dominating the fight. Vargas contends he had Bradley in major trouble and hurt badly.

Following the fight, Bradley switched trainers and adding Teddy Atlas to his team. Vargas said he’s greatly improved. Both fighters are with Top Rank, so it’s a doable fight.

LONGSHOTS 

TERENCE CRAWFORD: This will be the most unlikely option. Timothy Bradley has said repeatedly he would not fight Crawford, his former sparring partner he calls his brother.

They are both promoted by Top Rank, and apparently there’s been push to make this fight happen.

Bradley is a loyal person who values his friendships, so you’d think no amount of money would make this fight possible.

RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV: A rematch of the 2013 fight does sound intriguing, especially since Bradley’s former trainer, Joel Diaz, is working with Provodnikov right now. The problem is, Provodnikov is 3-3 in his last six fights.

If he had a better record, it would put pressure on Bradley to take the fight. But at .500, it just wouldn’t make sense for Bradley from a financial standpoint.

MIGUEL COTTO: It’s always tricky dealing with Cotto. It would be an attractive fight, but Bradley would probably have to go up in weight, which he’s indicated he’s ready to do.

However, Atlas has hinted he’s not interested in seeing Bradley go up in weight. But it could be lucrative if Cotto does come calling.

CANELO ALVAREZ: Since Khan is going up in weight to face Alvarez, it certainly would make sense for Bradley, who has been more successful at 147 than Alvarez.

However, Alvarez is a big, strong fighter at 155. It would be a tough fight for Bradley to make his debut at a heavier weight class.

But there’s push for Alvarez to have a mega-fight against Gennady Golovkin in September. So if Alvarez wins, more likely it will be Golovkin.

If Bradley gets the call for Alvarez, which he said in the past he would welcome, his team will have some serious discussions, because it would be a big pay-per-view showcase.

 

 

Timothy Bradley hoping to complete fight against Manny Pacquiao on two good legs

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By Leighton Ginn

Timothy Bradley isn’t one to make excuses, but the injuries he suffered in the first two fights against Manny Pacquiao forced him to make some changes.

One of the most significant was backing off his strict vegan diet and return to eating lean meats and fish during his training camp.

Bradley felt he didn’t have the kind of quality protein his muscles needed, which lead to the breakdown in both fights.

“I need to fight a fight with two good legs so I said ‘darn it, I need to make a change,’” said Bradley, who stopped the vegan diet following his loss to Pacquiao in the second fight in 2014. “I feel the difference when I am in there fighting. I am recovering during my workouts.  I think now I have all of the pieces to the puzzle.

“I think I have all of my eggs in one basket – all the right pieces to the puzzle and it gives me the best opportunity to beat Manny Pacquiao.”

Bradley will get a third shot at Pacquiao on Saturday, April 9 when they meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.

In his first meeting against Pacquiao, Bradley fractured his left foot in the second round and sprained his right ankle in the fourth. The pain was so bad that Bradley told his corner that he thought he broke his foot. Yet Bradley won by split decision.

In the second fight, Bradley tore his calf in two places during the fourth round. The fight was even through the first half of the fight, but Bradley lost steam from trying to go for a knockout and Pacquiao won by unanimous decision.

Bradley said trying to battle injuries and an opponent as lethal as Pacquiao starts playing with your head.

“Well, you are not only battling a dangerous guy and battling against yourself, but you are battling against quitting,” Bradley said. “You think quitting is the easiest thing to do then it becomes the hardest thing to do.  Quitting is not the easiest thing to do because quitting will stay with you for the rest of your life – you never get over it.  It will always linger.  That’s the hardest thing to do is to battle against quitting, letting go and fighting my fight and giving 110% no matter what is going on in that ring.  That’s pretty much how I do it – never quit.”

Another new change for Bradley will be having Teddy Atlas in his corner. It is only the second time Atlas has worked Bradley’s corner, but it has given the Desert Storm added confidence.

In preparation for Pacquiao, Atlas said one of the key things he did in training camp is change Bradley’s workload. Sparring was reduced and the mileage of his daily runs were slashed.

“I looked at the calendar and saw that he was 32 and it made sense to train a 32-year-old – a five-time world champion – a little different than a 25-year old or 26 or 27,” Atlas said. “It is common sense just understanding with that kind of experience with those kinds of miles over the course of his career sometimes less is more.

“You do the same thing if you have a car – when it gets a little older you don’t take it on the highway 100 miles per hour – you don’t do that.  You might bring it out fast on certain days but on other days you let it go at a more proper pace.”

Looking back at Timothy Bradley’s championship years

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By Leighton Ginn

 

Timothy Bradley was juggling jobs while trying to maintain a boxing career fighting in ballrooms at hotels around Southern California’s Inland Empire.

But in 2008, Bradley went from ballroom fighter to champion. And over the years, he’s gone from champion to star.

Here’s a look at Bradley’s championship years.

 

May 10, 2008

Bradley vs. Junior Witter

This is the first time Bradley has ever fought outside of Southern California as a professional, and this was for the WBC light welterweight title against one of the top champions in the division in Junior Witter. So to go into England to try and beat Witter was a tall task. As Bradley took on the fight, he only had $11 in his bank account. But Bradley had a perfect strategy, to feel out Witter through the first six rounds, and then turn on the heat in the second half against the older champion. In the sixth round, Bradley knocked down Witter with an overhead right. It would be Witter’s first defeat in eight years.

Sept. 13, 2008

Bradley vs. Edner Cherry

It was Bradley’s first defense, and he was more worried about Cherry, who was a top star before suffering two losses in his biggest opportunities. Bradley proved too fast and too strong for Cherry, knocking him down in the eighth round before scoring a dominating unanimous decision in Biloxi, Miss. It was the first time Bradley’s grandmother got to watch him fight live.

April 4, 2009

Bradley vs. Kendall Holt

This was the first time Bradley headlined a fight on Showtime, and it was a unification bout against the WBO champion Kendall Holt. However, Bradley was only in his fourth year as a professional fighter, and Holt got into his head early. While getting instructions in the middle of the ring, Holt was taunting Bradley. In the first round, Holt caught Bradley flush, sending him to the canvas. However, Bradley provided relentless pressure throughout the fight to overcome the first round, and another knockdown in the final seconds of the fight.

Aug. 1,2009

Bradley vs. Nate Campbell

Fighting for the first time at home at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino and Spa, Bradley’s return was a disappointment. Despite dominating the first three rounds, the fight was called after three rounds when Campbell said he couldn’t see out of his eye following an accidental head butt. Afterwards, Campbell’s camp protested and got the loss reversed to a no contest at a hearing. Bradley’s promoters failed to show up at the hearing. Prior to the fight, Bradley relinquished his WBC title so he could fight Campbell, who held three lightweight belts after beating Juan Diaz.

Dec. 12,2009

Bradley vs. Lamont Peterson

This fight changed everything for Bradley, who returned to his home turf at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa. Peterson was the mandatory title and represented a dangerous fight. But Bradley dominated the fight, knocking down Peterson in the third round and controlling the fight throughout. Peterson was promoted by Top Rank and Bob Arum and Bradley left an impression. The fight also propelled Bradley into several pound-for-pound lists, which represents the top fighters regardless of weight class.

July 17, 2010

Bradley vs. Luis Carlos Abregu

This would be Bradley’s final fight at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, and was a non-title bout. Bradley moved up in weight classes to face Abregu and dangerous Argentinian slugger. It would also be the first time Bradley would fight in HBO. The plan was to lay the ground work for Bradley to someday fight Pacquiao, who had moved up to the welterweight class. Bradley dominated the fight and had no issues moving up in class. Abregu had complained about a hand injury after the fight.

Jan. 29, 2011

Bradley vs. Devon Alexander

This was supposed to represent the future of the sport as two young champions faced each other in a unification bout in the Pontiac Silverdome. In 2009, Alexander was Bradley’s mandatory title defense, but he refused the fight to fight Campbell and relinquished the WBC belt. Alexander would beat Junior Witter for the vacant title. Bradley controlled the fight that was stopped in the 10th round because of a head butt. The fight was touted as an eliminator and the winner could have a shot at either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. This would be Bradley’s final fight with his two promoters, Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson as he would move over to Top Rank to position himself for a fight against Pacquiao.

Nov. 12, 2011

Bradley vs. Joel Casamayor

Bradley would fight on the undercard of the third Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It was Bradley’s debut fight and the first time he fought in Las Vegas as a professional. During the press conference, Casamayor began taunting Bradley while he was speaking, telling him to sit down. Bradley replied he was going to “Blow him up.” At the end of the press conference, promoter Bob Arum said “I’m getting off this damn stage. I’m not going to get hit by anybody, thank you very much.” Bradley dominated the fight against Casamayor, who struggled to make weight. Bradley knocked Casamayor down three times, twice with body shots, to pick up an eight-round TKO victory. The victory would set Bradley up for his dream fight.  

June 9, 2012

Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao

The dream fight turned out to be a nightmare for Bradley. During the fight, Bradley injured his foot and ankle by the fourth round. But Bradley fought on, dodging many Pacquiao punches. When it was announced Bradley had won by split decision to claim the WBO welterweight title, it created a swirl of controversy as many felt Pacquiao had dominated the fight. After the fight, Bradley said there were death threats and even thoughts of taking his own life. Bob Arum, who promoted both fighters, asked for an investigation into the fight and the WBO had five judges to re-score the fight.

 

March 16, 2013

Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

After Pacquiao refused the rematch, and other top names passed on Bradley, he decided to take on the dangerous Provodnikov, who had only fought on ESPN. In the first two rounds, Provodnikov was able to pound away at Bradley, knocking him down one in the first that was ruled a slip by referee Pat Russell. Bradley said he did suffer a concussion and didn’t remember most of the right, and his wife Monica left her seat ringside after the third round. In the sixth round, Bradley appeared out on his feet, but continued to fight back. Despite the punishment, Bradley continued to apply pressure and won every other round until the final, when he went down for a second time in the closing seconds. Bradley won a close unanimous decision in a war that was named the fight of the year.

Oct. 12, 2013

Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez

Marquez just came off a devastating knockout victory over Manny Pacquiao, where the Filipino star was out for about two minutes face down. After the brutal fight and concussion Bradley suffered, many close to him didn’t want him to take the fight. But Bradley boxed and befuddled the future Hall of Fame star in what would become one of his signature victory, and some say his best performance as Bradley got a split decision.  

April 4, 2014

Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao

In the rematch, Bradley decided to swing for the fences and went for a knockout victory, trying to take a page out of Juan Manuel Marquez’s playbook. Through the first half of the fight, Bradley and Pacquiao were even, with Bradley hurting the Filipino star to the body. However, Bradley tore his calf muscle in two places, and by the second half of the fight, was fatigued from swinging for the knockout repeatedly. Pacquiao would claim a unanimous decision victory to hand Bradley his first professional loss.

Dec. 13, 2014

Bradley vs. Diego Chaves

Another rugged opponent, Chaves was coming off a fight where he was disqualified against Brandon Rios. But Bradley said he was unconcerned if Chaves elected to fight dirty “because I’m an eye-for-an-eye” kind of guy. During the fight, there were numerous head butts and Bradley’s eye was swollen. It appeared Bradley had dominated the fight, but when the decision was announced, it was a draw.

June 27, 2015

Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas

The fight was for the interim WBO welterweight title after Floyd Mayweather relinquished his titles following his victory over Manny Pacquiao. The younger Vargas was confident going into the fight, but Bradley was in control for the whole fight until the final round, when he got staggered by a big right hand. What followed was confusion as referee Pat Russell confused the 10-second warning with the final bell, stopping the fight prematurely. Vargas, thinking Russell stopped the fight because Bradley was in trouble, jumped on the rings to celebrate. But Bradley won a unanimous decision. A few weeks after the fight, Bradley elected to end his relationship with Joel Diaz, the only trainer he had as a professional. Together, Bradley and Diaz were 32-1-1 and claimed world championship belts five times.

Nov. 17, 2015

Bradley vs. Brandon Rios

In his first fight with new trainer Teddy Atlas, Bradley put together a very impressive performance against one of the toughest boxers in the fight game in Rios. Bradley dominated from the start and dropped Rios twice with body shots in the ninth round to end the fight. It was Bradley’s first knockout victory since 2011, and the first time in his career that Rios was knocked down, let alone knocked out. Promoter Bob Arum said that was the best performance he’s seen from Bradley. After the fight, Rios said he would retire, but backed off that.

 

 

Timothy Bradley expects an aggressive Manny Pacquiao who wants to ride off on a white horse

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By Leighton Ginn

Timothy Bradley has heard all the reasons why he could beat Manny Pacquiao when they face off for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a welterweight bout.

Pacquiao is coming off a loss to Floyd Mayweather nearly a year ago, and has since had shoulder surgery. There’s also the possibility of ring rust.

And there’s the fact that Pacquiao has said this would be the final fight of his career. Most boxers looked checked out and unfocused in their final fights.

Bradley is not expecting that. He’s expecting Pacquiao to come out to “knock my head off” and to want to ride off on “white horses.”

When Pacquiao heard about Bradley’s remarks, he started to laugh. But Pacquiao also said that he is focused and he plans to put on a strong performance so he has a perfect ending to his Hall of Fame career.

 

From $20 a fight to $500 million in career earnings: Manny Pacquiao reflects on his career and helping the poor

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By Leighton Ginn

Although Manny Pacquiao has backed off that Saturday’s fight against Timothy Bradley would be his final fight before retiring, he has strolled down memory lane this week, talking about the start of his career, the first time he fought in America and his lasting impact on the Filipino people.

Pacquiao is currently in a race for a senate seat in the Philippines, and is unable to speak much about the election. While Pacquiao is essentially a 2-1 favorite over Bradley, a victory for Pacquiao in the senate race seems even more likely.

In Pacquiao’s first fight in 1995, he fought for 1,000 pesos, which is $20 dollars. And Pacquiao had to travel for three hours by a boat to get to the venue in Sablayan, in the Philippines province of Occidental Mindoro.

“But that was my desire to box,” Pacquiao said. “At that time, I wanted to help my mother, my family. At that time, we had nothing. I was the breadwinner, I sent my brother to school. … I was the one to work for the family since I was 16 years old.”

Pacquiao said boxing is his passion. But for about three years, he had been urged by his family to give up boxing. Pacquiao said the calls for him to retire by his family came before his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2013.

In 2001, Pacquiao fought his first fight in America, beating Lehlo Ledwaba by TKO. What Pacquiao remembered most was how badly the announcer mispronounced his name.

But Pacquiao said what drove him in the sport was his family and trying to make a better life for himself.

“I loved doing it because I helped my family, my mother,” Pacquiao said. “When you have nothing, you don’t care how hard the work is. You want to help your family.”

 

Coming up through difficult circumstances helped shape Pacquiao’s humanitarian causes.

Pacquiao remembers growing up and living on the streets with no food, having only water to survive. Making $20 a fight was good money to help his family.

Through his fists, Pacquiao has become an international superstar who has earned multi-millions. His fight against Floyd Mayweather earned him approximately $150 million alone, according to many outlets. Forbes magazine reports Pacquiao will have $500 million in career earnings after Saturday’s fight.

Pacquiao said he doesn’t keep all the money. Instead, he tries to use his money to help others who are in similar circumstances that he used to face.

“I love the people, I love the poor people, I love to help them,” Pacquiao said.

Manny Pacquiao is not worried if Timothy Bradley tries to use Juan Manuel Marquez’s strategy

 

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By Leighton Ginn

In 2013, Manny Pacquiao suffered a devastating loss when he was knocked out cold by rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Marquez landed a right counter that had Pacquiao out cold and face down on the canvas. Pacquiao was out for such an extended period that people feared for his life.

Many boxers have looked at that fight as a blueprint to face Pacquiao, hoping to land a similar counter punch that can end the fight.

On Wednesday, Pacquiao was asked what he thought about Timothy Bradley trying to adopt the Marquez strategy.

Pacquiao pointed out that Floyd Mayweather tried to do the Marquez thing, and it didn’t work.

“I learned a lot from that fight,” Pacquiao said smiling. “I think it’s better to try another strategy.”