INDIO — While both Kathy Bradley and Monica Bradley chose to stay in the background, Cathedral City boxer Timothy Bradley said both women have been important lights in his life that has kept him on his path to fulfill his dreams.
Sitting against a wall at the Indio Boys and Girls Club is his mother Kathy, a quiet but need presence.
Kathy instilled the faith and toughness that has helped her son become a three-time world champion.
Bradley’s wife Monica takes care of their three children, while also juggling the multiple media requests as her husband is preparing to face fighter of the decade Manny Pacquiao on June 9.
Since coming into Bradley’s life, Monica has provided the love and stability during the toughest time in his professional career.
“I cherish these women, because they’re the only women who really cared for me regardless of any situation,” Bradley said. “They’re my best friends and they’re the loves of my life. They’re the only two women that I’ve loved.”
While Kathy Bradley sits quietly at the Indio Boys and Girls Club, where Bradley trains, her silence hides a toughness that she instilled in her son.
Initially, she was against her son boxing. When it became evident Bradley had a passion for the sport, Kathy became supportive, but not in a way that is typical of most mothers.
“She’s one of those type of mothers will tell you, if you get in a fight, you better win,'” Bradley said. “And if you lose, you’ll get a whooping even worse. And especially if you started the fight and you don’t win, that’s double trouble. You get two whoopings. That was how I was raised. If I didn’t start it, I better win. If I started it, I better win, you know what I mean? I have to win, period.”
As Bradley progressed and showed promise, he was thrown into the ring to spar with professional fighters, some who would eventually become world champions.
As young as Bradley was, he was at a disadvantage.
That wasn’t his mother’s concern.
“She didn’t say ‘don’t hit my boy hard’ or ‘don’t beat up on my son.’ She said ‘hey come get my son,'” Bradley said. “My mom was not easy on me. She wasn’t a typical mom, ‘Oh my baby.’ Nah. My mom was, ‘You better do something. that boy is wailing on you, so you better come back and fight harder.”