When the tidal wave of criticism hit a fever pitch after Timothy Bradley’s controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao, long-time boxing expert Brian Kenny began to doubt himself.
Kenny, along with award-winning author Thomas Hauser, saw last Saturday’s WBO welterweight fight in Las Vegas as a Bradley victory. The pair is among the few experts who have stood out to defend the split-decision victory for the Cathedral City fighter.
And to stand up for the two judges who scored a victory for Bradley.
“I salute the judges for not giving the benefit of the doubt to Manny,” Kenny said in a telephone interview from New York. “They should be applauded.”
Many journalists had Pacquiao winning decisively. Promoter Bob Arum, who represents both fighters, scored it 10-2 Pacquiao and expressed how upset he was with the judges’ scores to the media.
Kenny had Bradley winning seven of the 12 rounds, which was in line with the judges’ scoring.
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.”
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Tickets Go On Sale Next Friday! Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
LAS VEGAS, NEV (February 16, 2012) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. will embark on a two-city, coast-to-coast media tour, beginning in Beverly Hills, Calif., Next Tuesday! February 21, to announce and celebrate the Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Welterweight Championship. Pacquiao and Bradley, who have won 11 world titles between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley will go on sale Next Friday! February 24 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, and will be priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
The top pound for pound fighters and world champions will begin the media tour with a news conference luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel, on Tuesday, February 21, followed by a news conference luncheon in New York, which will be open to the public, at Chelsea Piers in The Lighthouse at Pier 60 on Thursday, February 23.
At the conclusion of the New York public news conference, Pacquiao will jet back to Manila while Bradley heads up to Bristol, Conn where he will be the in-studio guest on ESPN Friday Night Fights the following night as well as doing a host of interviews throughout the day on various ESPN platforms.
PACQUIAO vs. BRADLEY NATIONAL MEDIA TOUR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
The Beverly Hills Hotel – Crystal Ballroom
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210
Noon PT – News Conference
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – Open to the Public!
Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 – THE LIGHTHOUSE
23rd Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
Noon ET – News Conference
CATHEDRAL CITY — CATHEDRAL CITY — WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley signed his contract Thursday night to finalize his dream fight. Bradley will fight Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for Pacquiao’s WBO welter weight crown.
“Signed, sealed and delivered,” Bradley said in a telephone inter view with The Desert Sun imme diately after faxing in his contract just before 7 p.m. on Thursday night. “I’m happy with everything,” Bradley said. “My manager is the best in the business. Cameron Dunkin is the best in the business, no doubt. He is the man. So is my wife (Monica). Well, she’s not a man though.”
CATHEDRAL CITY — In an exclusive interview with The Desert Sun, WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley said while he still hasn’t seen a contract for his fight June 9 against Manny Pacquiao, he can confirm it is a sure thing.
“I haven’t signed anything, but we’re negotiating that,” Bradley said. “They’ll get back to me by the end of the week or Monday or Tuesday next week, and we should finalize things shortly. It’s just minor details on the contract.”
The fight will have Bradley, a three-time champion in the light welterweight division, moving up a weight class to face Pacquiao, one of boxing’s most well-known superstars who has been a champion in eight different divisions. Pacquiao is an icon in his native Philippines, where he is a congressman. Bradley laughed at the notion of fighting his first politician. “I always wanted to do something like that,” Bradley said laughing. “Nah, I’m just kidding. I’m just happy Manny wants to fight me. It’s an honor. I definitely earned this in every way and I’m just excited. I’m not only excited to fight him, but I want to win. That’s the big thing. I want to win.”
Bradley (28-0) will face Pacquiao (54-3-2) on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The bout will be for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown. For Bradley, it’s the fulfillment of a long-standing dream of being the main event fighter in a major Las Vegas event…