The general consensus on Timothy Bradley’s stunning victory over Manny Pacquiao was that it was one of the biggest robberies in modern boxing history. The Sweet Science has obviously had its fair share of questionable end results over the decades, but what happened on the eve of June 9 was definitely up there in terms of shadiness.
Aside from the two incompetent judges who ultimately decided that match, nobody felt as though Bradley had won. Not Pacquiao. Not Bob Arum. Not the sportswriters, analysts or ESPN talking heads who were covering the fight. Not the fans. Not even Bradley himself, if you believe what Arum said on the night of the fight. (Arum says Bradley told him that he thought he lost.)
And everyone thinking that is understandable. He did deserve to win. Statistics don’t always tell the whole story, but they definitely paint a clear picture of what happened that night.
Per CompuBox the Filipino champ landed 253 of his 751 punches, Bradley only landed 159 of his 839. Pacquiao landed 190 of his power punches, Bradley only landed 108 of his. Pacquiao landed more shots than Bradley in 10 out of 12 rounds, Bradley landed more shots than Pacquiao in two out of 12 rounds.
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Given all that, you'd think that Bradley would have something of a chip on his shoulder. You would think that he would feel like he needs a rematch to prove that what happened on June 9 wasn’t the fluke that we all know it was. You would think that he would be out there begging Pacquiao to use his rematch clause to set up a November 10 showdown.
You would think wrong.
As he made abundantly clear during a recent interview with Ring, Bradley seems very content with his unmerited win. Here is what he had to say on what happens next:
"I'm going forward and I'm looking to continue my career and to be the best that I can possibly be. I'm going to definitely be coming back and having a meeting with Cameron Dunkin, my manager.
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"We'll sit down and we will figure out what's going on with Top Rank and we'll figure out what's going to happen in the near future. So it's still some months away from anything.”
Sure, there’s plenty of time – but at the end of the day what’s in your future is Pacquiao, right?
"We'll wait and see what happens. If it's Pacquiao, that's great. If it's not, then we'll move on and fight some other great fighter out there. If Pacquiao wants the rematch, then I'm all for it.
"If he doesn't want the rematch, then, hey, 'move over, because there is a new sheriff in town,' and I'll be looking for a big fight out there -- the next biggest name out there in boxing."
Let’s for a second buy into the theory that Bradley feels as though he legitimately beat his Filipino counterpart. He probably doesn’t because he’s not a fool, but let’s pretend that he does. Surely he still hears everyone else saying that he didn’t legitimately beat him – so how does he not have something to prove?
We’re most likely going to get Pacquiao-Bradley II because Manny won’t let a loss on his record slide. However, it’s a bit stunning that Bradley isn’t making a bigger deal about proving his worth.
And when I say a bit stunning, I mean really, really, really stunning.