Timothy Bradley has a bone to pick with the boxing world. Beating a fighter the caliber of Manny Pacquiao would usually elevate a boxer’s a career. That hasn’t been the case for Bradley.
Bradley scored a split-decision victory over Pacquiao last June. But there were no victory laps or ticker-tape parades for the WBO welterweight champion, who instead has received criticism for the way the fight was judged. Many observers believe Pacquiao won the fight.
“I don’t get any credit after the Pacquiao fight, whatsoever. People talk about me, my style, that I’m boring. Some people talk about my wife, my kids,” said Bradley. “People sent me death threats after the fight because I won undeservingly. I should have given the belt back. A lot of different things went on.”
Bradley (29-0) hasn’t stepped in the ring since his fight against Pacquiao. Despite having a foot problem that had Bradley feeling less than 100 percent, there offers on the table to fight Robert Guerrero and Andre Berto, but nothing panned out, according to Top Rank’s Todd DuBoef.
A possible bout with Yuriorkis Gamboa also never came to fruition. Bradley will instead square off against Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1) on Saturday, March 16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.
It may not have been the desired bout, but Bradley said he’s looking to “make a statement” against Provodnikov. “I am looking to put this guy out,” said Bradley. “I don’t want to go 12 rounds with this guy. The longer he stays around the more confident he will get so I want to get him out of there as soon as possible.”
The longer he stays around, the more damage is done to Bradley’s reputation. The controversial win over Pacquiao, a perceived lackluster style the California native brings to the ring combined with nine months of inaction hasn’t exactly made Bradley the most sought-after opponent.
A devastating early-round knockout could change things in a hurry for Bradley.