By Leighton Ginn, USATODAY.COM
LAS VEGAS – For the first time in six years, Timothy Bradley does not have a world title after suffering his first loss in 33 fights Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquaio scored a unanimous decision to regain the WBO welterweight title that he lost to Bradley in 2012 by controversial split decision.
During the fight Saturday, Bradley elected to go toe-to-toe with Pacquiao and went for the knockout.
Bradley’s strategy surprised Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach, but thrilled many fans and at least one boxing expert, ESPN’s Dan Rafael, who thinks Bradley helped his stock.
“He fought a hell of a fight. No one is going to be upset with him like it was last time, or they shouldn’t anyways insult him or call him names or threaten him, whatever,” Rafael said. “He fought his heart out, he admitted he lost.
“There’s nothing bad to say about Timothy Bradley,” Rafael said. “He’s a top-notch fighter. There’s no doubt in my mind his next fight will be another good fight. HBO wants him back, I’m sure the fans will want to tune in to watch him. He’s a hell of a fighter and he’s a classy guy. He’s very likeable and he’s now at that level where he can take a loss and he can come back and have a good fight.”
By Ben Dean, BoxingTalk.com
On July 18th I wrote an article entitled “Boxing’s Double Standard Sidelines Rigondeaux.” In that article I spoke about the slick urban style and how the term “boxer” has become a dirty word. In the article I detailed how practitioners of the slick African American or (in Rigondeaux’s case) the Afro-Cuban style are held to a different standard. They not only have to win, but they must win on their opponent’s terms in order to receive full credit for a victory. This is one of the largest injustices in boxing today.
I am going to preface the following by saying I’m a huge fan of Juan Manuel Marquez and his trainer, Nacho Beristain. With all due respect to the Marquez camp (a first-ballot hall of famer), he is delusional if he thinks he defeated Timothy Bradley last weekend. Officially, Bradley won by split decision, but the two judges who scored it for Bradley got it right.
The lack of respect Marquez’s entire camp showed Bradley after the fight was disgusting and classless. It says a lot about someone not only in how they handle winning, but in how they handle defeat. This writer doesn’t want to be too hard on Marquez personally because as the boxer, perhaps he couldn’t immediately perceive quite how ineffective he looked. His corner also did him a major disservice by telling him he was winning the fight. He was NOT winning. It should not have even been close.
Through eight rounds, I had it 7-1 for Bradley. How is that possible one might say, becuase the fight seemed close and competitive? Well, let’s touch on the nuances of how exactly that was the case. So many tend to simply watch a competitive fight, then lean towards the winner and say that was a 115-113 fight. As my Boxingtalk colleague, Stephen “Bread” Edwards often illustrates, boxing is not scored by watching a bout in its entirety. The scoring is compartmentalized. Each round is its own compartment that must be scored individually with ten points to the winner. Was each round of Bradley-Marquez competitive and hard fought? Yes. Was Bradley winning the vast majority of those rounds? Yes.
In short, Marquez hasn’t looked that bad since Floyd Mayweather schooled him in 2009.
By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Bradley, who earned a split decision against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, would ‘love’ to put his unbeaten record up against Mayweather. But there are many issues that could prevent a fight.
LAS VEGAS — Timothy Bradley’s conquest of Juan Manuel Marquez inspired the unbeaten world welterweight champion from Palm Springs to chase even greater glory.
“If a Floyd Mayweather fight could materialize, I’d love it,” Bradley (31-0) said late Saturday after beating Marquez by split decision at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Given the business relationships and years of hard feelings that exist, however, that’s a wish that seems unlikely.
Bradley’s promoter, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, and Mayweather split on bitter terms last decade and haven’t worked together since. Top Rank’s biggest fights are on HBO, and world junior-middleweight champion Mayweather (45-0) is in a 30-month, multi-fight deal with rival Showtime.
“I know about all of it,” Bradley said Sunday. “I’ll talk to my promoter and my manager and still see if we can make it happen. I want to fight the top dog in boxing. We’ve got to try.”
Barring a Nov. 23 victory by Manny Pacquiao that could resurrect calls for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Bradley, 30, is clearly the best possible May opponent for Mayweather, whose best Showtime options are unbeaten junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia and former 140-pound champion Amir Khan.
Attempts to reach Mayweather and his advisors Sunday were unsuccessful.
By Leighton Ginn , USA TODAY Sports
INDIO, Calif. — After the battle Timothy Bradley was coming off of in March, it would be reasonable to think that the WBO welterweight champion might ease into his first sparring session of training camp for his Oct. 12 fight.
But Bradley isn’t always reasonable.
For his very first sparring session, Bradley took on a man considered one of the most dangerous punchers in all of boxing when he welcomed Argentinian Lucas Matthysse into the Indio Boys and Girls Club on Monday.
Bradley and Matthysse were already scheduled to work together, as Matthysse had said he wanted to move his training camp from Las Vegas to Indio so he could avoid all the distractions of Sin City.
Matthysse is in final preparation for his WBC and WBA light welterweight title fight against champion Danny Garcia as the co-main event on the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez super fight on Sept. 14. The dangerous Matthysse is 34-2, with 32 of those victories coming by knockout. Both losses were controversial decisions to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah in their hometowns.
AUGUST 29TH WE END THE MONTH WITH A BANG AS WE BRING YOU TWO OF TODAYS HOTTEST STARS IN BOXING FOR A CLOSER LOOK INTO THE LIFE AND MIND SET OF KEITH “ONE TIME” THURMAN AND TIMOTHY “DESERT STORM” BRADLEY. “ONE TIME” IS LOOKING FOR A BIG NAMED FIGHT. BRADLEY ON THE OTHER HAND IS SQUARING OFF AGAINST THE LEGEND HIMSELF JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ. AS ALWAYS WE WILL BE TAKING CALL FROM YOU! THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.
By Lem Satterfield, RINGTV.COM
NEW YORK — RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley were sitting ringside at Radio City Music Hall for WBA junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux’s unanimous-decision victory that dethroned RING, IBF and WBO champion Nonito Donaire.
Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) rose from a 10th-round knockdown to defeat Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) by scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 116-111 on the cards of judges John Stewart, Tom Schreck and Julie Lederman, respectively. RingTV.com had it for Rigondeaux 117-110.
But the sold-out crowd was not necessarily appreciative of Rigondeaux’s work, as evidenced by its boos during various portions of the fight.
Rigondeaux-Donaire followed wars between Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov, and Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios.
But those who may have been expecting similar blood-and-guts action on Saturday were bound to be disappointed, according to Bradley and Ward.
Bradley called the fight’s international feed for promoter Top Rank, and Ward has served as an HBO ringside commentator. Each of them addressed the Rigondeaux-Donaire fight with their comments below.
Tim Bradley’s general assessment of the fight:
“With Rigondeaux, it was footwork. Footwork. Footwork. Footwork. Footwork and the ability to get in and move in and out. When he wanted to, Rigondeaux would just close the distance. Every time Donaire would come in, Rigondeaux would just give him a little shoulder-bump and step right back out. And Donaire would go back.
“There was never a point where they were actually face to face and in the trenches. There was never a point where they were like that. Rigondeaux never allowed him to do that.