Bradley: Pacquiao rematch will settle dispute
MANILA, Philippines – Another fight must be set to end the bitter dispute over Manny Pacquiao’s controversial defeat last June 9, new World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight king Timothy Bradley said.
Miffed by commentaries regarding his “undeserved victory,” Bradley said he is willing to trade blows with the Filipino superstar again.
"I felt I won the fight, you know what I mean? I said ‘you know what would solve all this?’ A rematch!” Bradley said in a video interview with The Desert Sun.
The unbeaten American walked away with the title three weeks ago after garnering a split-decision verdict against Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
This was despite Pacquiao’s dominant performance against Bradley, which had most boxing pundits giving the Filipino 8 rounds to 4 against the American.
“A lot of people are having a problem with that [win], you know a lot of them didn't think I did enough to win the fight,” said Bradley.
“But honestly I felt I did enough to win the fight. I out-pointed him, I out-boxed him. In the later rounds Pacquiao got tired, I poured on the points in the later rounds and I pulled off an upset win.”
Two of the judges scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while the other judge saw it 115-113 for Pacquiao.
The decision was so controversial that boxing promoter Bob Arum asked the Nevada Attorney General to probe the results.
It even prompted US Senators John McCain and Harry Reid to propose the creation of a US National Boxing Commission.
The WBO also commissioned 5 international judges to re-score the bout. They came up with a unanimous decision for Pacquiao.
“It discredits me, it discredits the judges, that discredits everybody that's involved in boxing. So why the hell am I going to turn in the belt? I don't understand that. That makes no sense,” said Bradley.
Even Pacquiao was leaning towards a possible rematch against Bradley following the WBO’s re-scoring procedure.
The Filipino superstar said he’d rather fight Bradley again instead of getting his title back instantly.
"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," Pacquiao told his loyal fans.
But Bradley said Pacquiao won’t reclaim the title that easy.
He claimed he beat the Filipino boxer once, so he can do it again.
“I've been in the ring with him. Second time I just get better… This guy, you know he can't hang with me in terms of intensity and it'll be a lot more dangerous for him,” he claimed.