WBO junior welterweight titleholder, Tim Bradley, is coming off a big week.
On Tuesday and Thursday, Bradley (28-0, 12 knockouts) participated in press events in Beverly Hills and New York, touting his June 9 clash for the WBO welterweight belt owned by Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs).
On Friday, Bradley appeared as an in-studio guest co-host of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
On Saturday night, from his home in Palm Springs, Calif., Bradley watched former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander pitch a 10-round shutout over hard-hitting Marcos Maidana on HBO.
The broadcast featured an interview with Lamont Peterson regarding his May 19 rematch with Amir Khan, whom Peterson dethroned as IBF/WBA junior welterweight titleholder in December by disputed split-decision.
Bradley owns a dominant unanimous decision over Peterson from 2009, and in January of last year took the WBC title from Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) by 11th-round technical decision.
“The fans, and everybody knows — even Devon and Lamont — they know what I bring to the table for any fight. They’ve been in the ring with me, and they’ve probably read a lot of what people have said about me,” said Bradley.
“But they know that I bring a lot to the table when it comes to a fight. It’s funny that everybody had Khan ranked before me, and they had predicted that Devon would beat me. A lot of people were thinking that Lamont would beat me, and I beat those guys.”
Bradley said he was rooting for Alexander against Maidana.
“Devon looked really good last night. I was cheering for Devon. I was happy for him. I was like, I wish I had his telephone number, because I was going to call him after the fight and congratulate him,” said Bradley.
“I had picked Devon to win that fight all along. I know everybody saw me say that on ESPN, and they were tweeting me and thought that I was crazy and talking about I don’t know nothing about boxing.”
In victory over Maidana (32-3, 28 KOs), Alexander rebounded from a lackluster 10-round decision win over Maidana’s hard-punching countryman Lucas Matthysse in June.
“Honestly, I was happy for him. While I was cheering for him, everybody in my house was looking at me like I was weird. They were like, ‘I thought you didn’t like this guy.’ But I was like, ‘man, I’m just happy that he is finally getting his just due.’ We went through what we went through, but I know that it’s all love, because Devon and I, we grew up together fighting in the amateurs,” said Bradley.
“We might have said some things during the promotion of our fight that sparked some flames for the fans, or whatever, but at the end of the day, it’s all love. Because Devon’s a good kid, and I know that he means well, and I was just happy that he finally got it all together and got all of the pieces in the right order and he took care of business and was successful in beating a guy like Maidana.”