Manny Pacquiao and Sean Payton help Krissy Kobata in search for bone marrow

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By Leighton Ginn

The campaign to find a bone-marrow match for Los Angeles woman Krissy Kobata continues to attract famous supporters.

On Aug. 17, boxing great Manny Pacquiao and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton tweeted their support of Kobata.

Pacquiao, the Boxer of the Decade and a senator in the Philippines, Tweeted out a link to the Asian American Sports Journalists story on Kobata, and followed up by Tweeting a link to Be The Match’s website. Be The Match is a national bone-marrow registry that also sends out kits for people to test themselves and register.

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Also joining the action was Payton, who coached the Saints to the Super Bowl title in 2010, when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

Payton is represented by agent Don Yee, who is a family friend of Kobata.

“Don Yee, my agent, with the help of Sports Task Force is spreading the word about Krissy Kobata,” Payton posted, along with the same link to the Facebook story.

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The Sports Task Force, part of the Asian American Journalist Association, began spreading the word of Kobata’s search.

http://sportstaskforce.com/japanese-american-krissy-kobata-desperately-needs-bone-marrow-donor/

Half Japanese, half Caucasian, Kobata has been searching for a donor for a decade, but her ethnicity makes it difficult to find a match.

Yee, who established the Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Scholarship in honor of his parents, asked the Sports Task Force to help share the story of Kobata’s situation.

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The group’s unofficial page, Asian American Sports Journalists, published a story on July 29 about Kobata. Through social media, the post had reached  51,805 on Facebook the morning of Aug. 14.

Later that day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, also one of Yee’s clients, posted on his Facebook page about Kobata.

About an hour later, actress Chloe Bennet of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sent out five Tweets in a row about Kobata.

How Tom Brady’s Facebook post is spreading awareness for Krissy Kobata, who needs a bone marrow to live

Within 24 hours, Kobata’s Facebook post had reached over 1 million more people. Currently, the post has reached 1,170,526 on Aug. 17. There was also a story posted in USA Today’s For The Win.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/08/tom-brady-patriots-facebook-nfl-agent-bone-marrow-donor-awareness-krissy-kobata

To learn more about Krissy, go to teamkrissy.com

If you want to register as a bone marrow donor, go to https://join.bethematch.org/teamkrissy

 

 

 

Timothy Bradley announces retirement from boxing 

 

DSCN7143By Leighton Ginn

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.

Freddie Roach only sees two more fights for Manny Pacquiao before retiring (again)

By Leighton Ginn

Long-time trainer Freddie Roach said he only sees two more fights for his superstar, Manny Pacquiao before the Filipino senator walks away from boxing for good.

Pacquiao (58-6-2) returns to the ring for the first time since becoming a senator in May, facing WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1) on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

In April, Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley in what Roach said was his best performance in ages. It was the third time Pacquiao had faced Bradley and the first time he knocked down the Desert Storm, doing it twice to earn a unanimous decision.

Although Pacquiao has had a compromised training schedule as he is juggling his busy senatorial duties, Roach said he feels confident going into the Vargas fight.

Beyond that fight, Roach doesn’t see the 37-year-old Pacquiao fighting more than one more time if he can secure a big-money fight.

The two names Roach said he’d like Pacquiao to take on are Canelo Alvarez and a rematch with the retired Floyd Mayweather.

“Get one of those big fights, fight that fight, and that’s it,” Roach said. “That’s my wishes.”

Roach said that scenario is dependent on how Pacquiao looks against Vargas. Win or lose, if Pacquiao looks bad, Roach said he might tell Pacquiao to hang it up.

“If he doesn’t slip, I still only want him to only have two more fights,” Roach said. “There’s nothing else he has to prove in boxing, in my mind.”

While Roach would like to see Pacquiao, who is a small fighter at the 147-pound welterweight division, take on super welterweight (154 pounds) champion Alvarez, promoter Bob Arum doesn’t like the matchup.

Arum said Pacquiao was sparring Ray Beltran, who fights at 135-pounds, and he was the bigger fighter.

Alvarez is the current box office king in boxing. While a Pacquiao-Alvarez fight would pit two big names, most fans have been clamoring for Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin.

As far as Arum is concerned, he feels a fight between Pacquiao and super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

“I would pay any amount of money to see Manny Pacquiao fight Lomachenko,” Arum said. “That for me would be a great, great, great fight.

“For me, I like guys who are almost like ballet dancers in the ring. Lomachenko is that, and so is Manny.”

Both Lomachenko and Crawford are promoted by Arum’s Top Rank.

One other fighter who has been discussed for Pacquiao is Adrien Broner. Arum said there had been negotiations, but fell apart because of Broner’s demands.

“Broner is out of his freakin’ mind,” Arum said. “We offered him a really good purse. We were maybe $100,000 apart. Broner then asked for 50 percent more than the purse we were talking about, which made it outlandish.

“Broner, there’s something mentally wrong with him.”

 

NOTE: Linda Ha contributed to this report.

 

Bob Arum blasts Don King for his endorsement of Donald Trump

By Leighton Ginn

HOLLYWOOD — Bob Arum has made it clear his distaste for Donald Trump, and he didn’t mince words long-time rival boxing promoter Don King, who has endorsed the GOP presidential candidate.

“He’s a traitor to his people,” Arum said on Oct. 26 during Manny Pacquiao’s Hollywood workout. “How can you back a bigot like Trump? And I tell you, Don King disgraced himself by being for Trump. And any of you people here who even think about voting for Trump should be ashamed of yourself.”

Arum has been a strong support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Special correspondent Linda Ha reported on this story

Now I really believe Manny Pacquiao is retired … well 95 percent sure

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Manny Pacquiao shakes hands with HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson after concluding his post-fight press conference on April 9. Pacquiao had just beaten Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision.

 

 

By Leighton Ginn

Before announcing his fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9, Manny Pacquiao had said it would be his last fight.

However, his promoters Top Rank never called it a farewell fight, and during the promotion, Pacquiao had hedged on his retirement, leaving the door open to coming back.

But one question that was never asked Pacquiao was if he would stay retired if he didn’t win a senate seat in his home of the Philippines.

If Pacquiao would have failed to gain a senate seat, why would he stay retired? Pacquiao would have a lot more time on his hands as he wouldn’t have a political office, and he’ll have a lot of free time.

And in their three fights, Pacquiao looked his best against Bradley on April 9, scoring two knockdowns before winning with a unanimous decision. Pacquiao had never knocked Bradley down in their first two fights.

But this week, it appears Pacquiao did secure a senate seat, making it unlikely Pacquiao would return. With an important office like a senator, Pacquiao probably wouldn’t have as much time to train as he would like, although he did maintain his career while serving as a Congressman.

At 37-years old, it becomes more of a challenge to maintain a high level of fitness to perform at a high level.

In various reports, promoter Bob Arum, the founder of Top Rank, has said a rematch against Floyd Mayweather seems unlikely. And that seems like the only fight that would be worth Pacquiao’s while to come out of retirement.

And if his Bradley victory is his final fight, it will be an impressive and ideal end to Pacquiao’s career, a convincing victory over a fighter who figures to be a future Hall of Famer.

However, boxers have a hard time staying retired. It seems unlikely now that Pacquiao would return, but only time will tell.

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.