LAS VEGAS — In this, the second part of an exclusive interview with Tim Bradley, the newly-crowned WBO welterweight titleholder shared more of his thoughts on Saturday’s controversial split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts), who has been wheelchair-bound since the post-fight press conference, said that his left foot is fractured, his right, sprained, and that both feet are in splints.
He claims that the left foot was injured in the second round and the right somewhere during the middle of the fight, and says the fact that he overcame the injuries is a testament to the sheer will and toughness that it took for him prevail over Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs).
Bradley was awarded the decision, 115-113, by judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, while Jerry Roth had it for Pacquiao by the same score, as did RingTV.com’s Lem Satterfield.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, has called for “the attorney general for the state of Nevada to do an investigation to see who, if anybody, is responsible,” adding, “we want them to tell everybody what happened so we can get clarification.”
Arum said that there is a rematch clause for Bradley to face Pacquiao again on Nov. 10, that is, if Pacquiao does not elect to take a fourth bout with four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao won a disputed majority decision over Marquez in November after having previously battled through a draw and a split-decision victory with him, respectively.
Against Bradley, however, Pacquiao out-landed his opponent in 10 of the 12 rounds, with the overall count in his favor 253-to-159. He also scored with more total jabs (63-51) and power punches (190-108).
Bradley out-landed Pacquiao in only the ninth round, while the 10th was even in punches connected with each landing 14.
Bradley addressed the fight in this Q&A below.
RingTV.com: How do you feel that you twisted your feet?
RingTV.com: At what points did you hurt each of your feet?
RingTV.com: How so?
But when I did it, I had gone back to get out of the way of a punch and lost my footing. When that happened, man, I had more problems. I couldn’t get out of the way of punches as easily.
RingTV.com: What adjustments did you have to make as a result?
The last eight, nine, 10 and 11 rounds of the fight, where I was moving and boxing him, I had to suck it up. You know, I was hitting him with the jab and he couldn’t get past the jab when I was able to use it.
When I did that, I was sticking him all night and I was able to land good body shots on him. You know, man, it was a great fight. I thought that it was an entertaining fight for the fans, and under the circumstances, I did the best that I possibly could.
You know, the judges got it right. They definitely got it right. We’re going to have the rematch, and we can settle it then.
RingTV.com: When you watch this tape, how much more do you feel that you could have done if you had both feet?
That’s why there were times in the fight when he was backing up, slapping his gloves together, saying, “come on, fight me, fight me, fight me,” you know what I mean?
At times, you know, I would. At other times, I wouldn’t. But the times that I wouldn’t do that, you know, I was clearly out-boxing him. He was absolutely frustrated, because, you know what? He wasn’t landing a lot of the big punches that he was hoping to land on me. I wasn’t one of those guys that was going to stand right there in front of him. I was bobbing and weaving and making it hard for him to hit me solidly every time.
RingTV.com: You have mentioned that you were hurt at times in the fight?
Manny Pacquiao was supposed to stop me. He was supposed to knock me out. But I took his punches and I fought back hard. I honestly feel that I won the fight.
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