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.”