Sparring partner says foot injury limited Bradley

Posted at 07/02/2012 7:41 PM | Updated as of 07/02/2012 7:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – New World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. would have performed better against Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao had he not injured both of his feet.

This, according to one of Bradley’s sparring partners, Julio Diaz.

Diaz, the younger brother of Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, said if Bradley had not hurt his feet, he would have been more active and more aggressive against Pacquiao.

“I know he would have been a lot more active, a lot more aggressive and he would have done a lot more work,” Diaz told Examiner. “I think Timothy held back a little on his activity due to those injuries.”

“He caught a little more punches than he should have because he couldn’t move as he wanted,” Diaz added.

“When I saw the fight, I was like, ‘Why is he staying like that?’ Instead of angling out of the way, he would just cover up. Later on I found out, he had no feet.”

Bradley injured his left ankle in the early round of his welterweight clash against Pacquiao last June 9. Despite being outlanded and outpunched throughout the 12-round encounter, Bradley was given a very unpopular split decision victory.

Even Diaz admitted that the fight “was a little controversial.”

“Everybody had their own opinion towards it. At the end of the day, it was the judges who scored the fight and Timothy worked hard and he did his job,” Diaz said. “This is out of the team’s hands.”

Diaz also pointed out that Pacquiao “only fought 20 seconds per round.”

“He is what he is, but he took a lot of breaks. At the end of the day, you’ve got to put the work in to win the fight. Not just show up and be in the spotlight,” he said.

He also commended Bradley for going the distance against Pacquiao despite his injury.

“(Bradley) was really ready. He was sharp, he was on-point with his reaction time, his timing was impeccable. I mean, he did 12 rounds with the best fighter in the world, and he was injured,” Diaz said.

“Who knows what would have happened if he wasn’t injured?” he added.

Because of the controversial nature of the fight, the WBO assigned five international judges to independently re-score it. All five judges unanimously scored the bout in Pacquiao’s favor, though the sanctioning body has said it will not strip Bradley of the title.

The bout was also reviewed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, while promoter Bob Arum asked the Nevada State Attorney General to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of the fight.