Newly-crowned WBO titlewinner Tim Bradley told RingTV.com on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with pulled ligaments in his left foot and strained ligaments in his right, injuries the fighter said were suffered during last Saturday night’s disputed split-decision that dethroned Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
As Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts) ended a 15-bout winning streak that had included eight knockouts for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), he said that he damaged the left foot during the second round and hurt the right somewhere during the middle rounds of the fight.
Bradley, who attended the post-fight press conference in a wheelchair and with no shoes on his feet, said that he is expected to have a cast placed on his left foot on Monday.
“I have pulled ligaments in my left foot, and I’ve got a severe sprain on my right foot, so I’m in a wheelchair right now and just rolling around. “I’ll be getting my cast on Monday for my left foot,” said Bradley, who received an MRI of his feet near his home in Palm Spring, Calif.
“I have no idea how long I’ll be in it. I’ve got another appointment on Monday, so they’ll be re-evaluating it to see if I’m healing. But that’s pretty much it. Everything is good. I’m good. My spirit is good. Can’t nothing hold me down.”
In an earlier interview with RingTV.com, Bradley said that he went to University Medical Center in Las Vegas after the press conference, where X-rays and a CAT scan revealed little, although doctors deduced that Bradley could have torn ligments.
“There are splints on both of my freaking ankles. I went to the the hospital because of my ankles. But I have two splints. I’ve got one on my right ankle and another on my left foot,” said Bradley on Sunday.
“There is a splint on the top part of my left foot where the left foot is really bad. I’ve got a sprain on the right one, but the left one is really bad because I heard a pop on the top part of my foot like a bone moved or something. So, I fought through all of that.”
Bradley said that the injuries happened as a result of the surface of the canvas, which he felt was unusually soft.
“It was the canvas. It was the texture of the canvas. The texture of the canvas was like a soft, spongy texture. It was not a fast ring at all. It was more of a bouncy ring. It wasn’t fast at all. It was a soft ring that slowed me down. The left one went in the second round. That was the game-changer for me because I took the first two rounds. I felt that I took the first two rounds, anyway. I know that I won the first two, but when that happened, man, it completely altered everything that I was trying to do,” said Bradley.
“At that point, I had to favor one side. So I was favoring the right leg, you know, because I had to take pressure off of the left leg. And then I ended up having to do the same thing with the right leg. I don’t know exactly what round I twisted the right foot in. 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.”
Bradley’s update comes in the wake of WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel’s announcement that his organization will review the results of Bradley-Pacquiao, who lost his belt, 115-113, on the cards of judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, while Jerry Roth had it for Pacquiao by the same score. An informal poll of 51 writers by Ryan Maquinana favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley, has requested that Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto investigate the results of the bout.
Also, United States Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has also asked that the attorney general investigate the fight’s decision. Pacquiao attended a rally for Reid, who credited him with bolstering support for his re-election, two weeks prior to defeating Antonio Margarito for the WBC’s junior middleweight belt in November of 2010,
“Honestly, bro, I really don’t care. The quarrel is not with me. If they don’t like what happened, it is what it is,” said Bradley, referring to the controversy surrounding the fight.
“There’s nothing that they can do, and nothing that I can do. The quarrel is not with me, period, so don’t point your finger at me.”
Pacquaio out-landed Bradley 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).
“Hearing the judges’ scorecards, I just felt like it was a close fight, just like I thought that it was going to be. I heard the second one for me, and I was like, ‘that’s what I’m talkiing about.’ I wanted this, and I won it. You saw me raise my hands before the third card was even announced, because I was like, ‘I won,’” said Bradley, who out-landed Pacquiao in only the ninth round, while the 10th was even in punches connected with each landing 14.
“I beat him. And then, boom! and the new! But my hands were already raised in the air. I ran to the ropes, and I was like, ‘here we go.’ I always thought that it was a close fight. I don’t care what anybody said. It was a close fight, but my team and I thought that I won it. People can bash me or whatever they want to do. At the end of the day, we got the win.”
Bradley disputed reports that he told Arum after the fight that he “couldn’t beat” Pacquiao.
“I never said that. Never said that. I said that I did my very best. That’s all that I said to Bob. I never said that I couldn’t beat the guy. I never said that to Bob. Bob came into the ring and he said, ‘what a courageous performance,’ and I said, “I did my best.’ That’s all that I said to him,” said Bradley.
“But you could tell by my body language that I felt like I won the fight. That’s the reason that I was carried around the ring on my dude’s shoulders. I had my hands raised up. There was not feeling like I lost. My whole body language was that I felt like I won.”
Should the WBO find fault with the verdict, the organizations rules allow for it to make Pacquiao the No. 1 contender and to order an immediate rematch. Bradley and Pacquiao already have contracted for a Nov. 10 rematch, although Arum told RingTV.com that Pacquiao may 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.
“I’m new champion of the world. But if they want the rematch, then that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with that. Let’s rematch. What’s the big deal? Let’s do the rematch. Let’s make it happen. Plain and siimple. Hopefully, I’ll be healed up,” said Bradley.
“You saw the first round? That’s when I had two feet. That, alone, should tell you how the second fight will go if we do have a second fight. If they want the rematch in November, then let’s do it, because it was a great fight, man.”
Meanwhile, Bradley said that he welcomes a rematch with Pacquiao.
“Bradley said that there is a local celebration planned within his community for this coming Saturday.
“We’re having a big event this Saturday at City Hall in Cathedral City, and I’m sure that there are going to be a lot of supporters out there from my home town,” said Bradley.
“I haven’t been out and about, but for the most part, I went out for a minute. It’s been great. Everybody’s saying congratulations to me, and everything’s been wonderful. I’m the new champ, and I’m celebrating.”
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