STARE DOWN FOR STARDOM: Undefeated Timothy Bradley (31-0) will have another shot to carve his own legacy when he faces Manny Pacquaio in a rematch of their controversial showdown on Saturday April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on HBO Pay Per View
If he can convincingly beat Manny Pacquaio
The public scorn seemed to never subside after Timothy Bradley’s controversial 12-round decision over Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2009. Bradley was awarded a split decision victory that was so atrocious that even his own promoter Bob Arum vowed to file a formal protest against the commission. Two of the three judges have since retired.
In two post Pacquiao fights Bradley has defended the WBO welterweight championship he was awarded successfully. One was a brutal the fight of the year war against Ruslan Provodnikov and then an even better performance against Juan Manuel Marquez. On Saturday April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on HBO Pay Per View, Bradley will have a chance to prove that his victory over the Filipino star was not a fluke, and he will also have a chance to finally begin to carve a legacy of his own.
The undefeated two-division world champion “Desert Storm” (31-0, 12 KOs) is already considered the No. 3 pound for pound fighter in the world behind African Americans Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
“I’ve got a lot to prove in this fight,” said Bradley.
“I’ve gotta prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. There’s a lot of things that happened in the first fight that weren’t right. This Time I’ll be 110% ready.”
Still many are forecasting that Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will soundly defeat Bradley this time, a notion that hasn’t even ruffled the collar of the perfect underdog. Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotes both fighters, so chances are the winner will not be fighting Mayweather before he concludes his career next year in 2015. However, both have eaten quite well without ‘Money’ and a victory by Bradley could catapult him to the top of the food chain after Floyd vacates.
It doesn’t bother him that last year alone Mayweather and Pacquiao earned $34 million each, more than he has earned during his entire 10-year career.
"I'm putting that money away, man. I aint buying nothing,” he said.
“I got everything I need. I'm not buying anything. My wife, and me we're going to put that money away so I don't ever have to come back to this game. Once I leave it, I aint never got to come back ever again."
He’s only 30-years old so chances are he has no plans on leaving before Pacquiao and Mayweather who are on the tail end at 37-years of age.
“I gained a lot of experience from my last two appearances on HBO, one in particular against Marquez, who is a great champion and great fighter, legendary,” said Bradley.
“So I’m a different fighter now, a different beast, a different animal and this time around I’m gonna prove it to the fans and everybody. The last time around I got the win but it felt like I lost because I didn’t get any credit from the fans and it’s very important to get the credit from the fans. I definitely gotta win by a wide margin.”
If he does then money and stardom is knocking at his front door.