RingTV.com caught up to Tim Bradley, the newly-crowned WBO welterweight titleholder, to discuss a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao as well as his ongoing recovery from the two separate foot injuries suffered during last month’s clash.
During his controversial split-decision victory Pacquiao, Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts), who came to the post-fight press conference in a wheelchair, said that his left foot was fractured and his right, sprained. Both feet were in splints for a time.
Bradley claimed that the left foot was injured in the second round and the right somewhere near the end of the fourth round of the fight against Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs).
Bradley also offered his thoughts on last Saturday night’s fourth-round knockout victory by WBC junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia over Amir Khan that earned Garcia THE RING championship as well as the WBA’s belt.
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.
Tim Bradley on a potential rematch with Pacquiao
“I’m going forward and I’m looking to continue my career and to be the best that I can possibly be. I’m going to definitely be coming back and having a meeting with Cameron Dunkin, my manager.
“We’ll sit down and we will figure out what’s going on with Top Rank and we’ll figure out what’s going to happen in the near future. So it’s still some months away from anything.
“We’ll wait and see what happens. If it’s Pacquiao, that’s great. If it’s not, then we’ll move on and fight some other great fighter out there. If Pacquiao wants the rematch, then I’m all for it.
“If he doesn’t want the rematch, then, hey, ‘move over, because there is a new sheriff in town,’ and I’ll be looking for a big fight out there — the next biggest name out there in boxing.”
On Khan’s loss to Garcia
“He just got caught, man. I mean, he was winning the fight. I was just like, ‘wow, that’s crazy.’”
On Garcia’s skills
“It was weird, because in June, I was saying, ‘one thing about this Garcia kid is that he’s a good counterpuncher and he has great timing. He’s a left-hooker, man. That’s his thing. He loves the left hook.
“You know, Khan stood straight up too much against him, and he was throwing and Garcia was throwing. That’s what Garcia is really good at. He throws while you’re throwing.
“That looping shot over the top is what he is so good at, and he just caught Khan with that. He caught him right on the neck, almost. It was weird.”
On the lost potential in a fight between himself and Khan
“Something like that would have been hot, man. But not any more. That would have been something like if a fight with Pacquiao didn’t happen, then maybe I would go after Khan next.
“But he’s definitely in my rear-view mirror, man. I wanted him to win the fight. It’s something that he can bounce back from, that loss, you know what I mean from?
“But the fact that Khan wants to fight anybody and everybody, I think that he still has his respect from the boxing fans. That fact that he’s willing to go and to face anybody in their home town.
“Amir Khan still has some marketability left, but his stock has definitely dropped a lot. He’s got a lot of rebuilding to do, and, honestly, it’s going to take some time.”
On wishing Khan well
“In the past, we have not been the most cordial with each other, you know what I mean? But there’s nothing that I have bad to say about the dude, man.
“He’s coming off of one of the worst losses of his career, and he has to rebound from this, you know? So I wish him the best, and I wish him good luck in the remainder of his career.”
On his recovery from injuries
“Everything is looking up. My feet, you know, they’re not at 100 percent. My left foot is at about 80 percent. I’m walking around on it, but I still feel a little pain on top of the foot, so I have to rehabilitate it.
“I took the boot off during my vaction after about four weeks to test it out. I felt like I could walk on it. The doctor said that if I could walk on it, then go ahead. I felt like I could put pressure on it.
“No problem. He said that after a few weeks of rehabilitation, I should be back no later than August. He actually said that I could do light training right now if it doesn’t bother me.
“I won’t be doing any jumping around or any boxing right away, but I can definitely hit the weights and the gym and some biking and probably some Stair Master or something.
“I have to take my time, like the doctor told me. I have lost a little bit of muscle in my left calve, having been in that boot for a while. But there’s nothing that I’m really worried about.
“I’ll definitely rebound and come back from this injury. As an athlete, you go through injuries and I will rebound from this. I’ll get over it and come back stronger. But nothing’s going to stop me. Nothing.”