Lem Satterfield

Bradley uses head correctly against Casamayor, eyes Pacquiao

“A lot of people say that I have no power, but why are all of these guys holding me?” said Bradley. “I don’t have one-punch knockout power, but I do wear people down and I’m heavy-fisted and I break people down.”

Casamayor was stopped for only the second time in his career by Bradley, whose performance took place on the undercard of an HBO Pay Per View televised main event featuring a controversial majority decision victory by RING No. 1-rated pound-for-pound Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) over RING No. 5-rated pound-for-pound Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) in defense of Pacquiao’s WBO belt.

Casamayor’s only other knockout loss was in the 11th-round against Marquez in September of 2008.

“I hadn’t been in there in a while, but I’m only the second guy to stop him, so that’s good for me. I think that it was a great comeback fight, Casamayor is a tough guy,” said Bradley.

“I felt strong and I felt dominant in there. I really felt like he couldn’t hurt me. He caught me with some shots over the top, buzzed me a little bit. But there wasn’t too much he could do to get me out of my game and what I wanted to do.”

Saturday marked the first time Bradley was fighting in Las Vegas, and he did so before a sellout crowd.

“This is the biggest stage that I’ve ever fought on. I just stayed focused and zoned everything out. But it was awesome,” said Bradley, who was also in his first bout after having signed with Top Rank Inc., which also promotes Pacquiao.

“It was awesome being in front of this huge crowd, man. I just stayed in a zone and didn’t want to look out into the crowd and see all of the people and get shell-shocked. It was a lot of fun and I want to do it again.”

Bradley said that he thought Marquez did enough to deserve to get the nod over Pacquiao on Saturday night.

“I’m not a judge, but from what I watched on television, I felt that Marquez won the fight. The judges sometimes tend to favor the aggressor, and Manny Pacquiao was the aggressor all night, so I could see him as having the edge,” said Bradley.

“But I felt that Marquez took his time, was patient, laid back, caught him with good, clean counterpunches and had Manny Pacquiao frustrated and it just looked really good on television for Marquez.”

Although he would consider a bout with 24-year-old WBA/IBF junior welterweight counterpart Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs), who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Bradley could be the next most viable opponent for Pacquiao should Pacquiao elect to bypass a rematch with Marquez. 

“The pound-for-pound best, Manny Pacquiao. That’s who I want to fight. I’m ready. Marquez just showed it. I’ve got a plan for every fighter out there,” said Bradley.

“I’ve got the speed to compete with Manny Pacquiao. I’ve got the determination. I would love to fight that guy. Definitely. Footspeed, handspeed, I go to the body well. Bring it on.”

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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