For the first time in 32 fights, Timothy Bradley did not see his hand raised in victory on Sunday.
The American fighter suffered his first defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao on Sunday as the Filipino fight icon fashioned out a masterful unanimous decision victory.
“He’s the better fighter tonight,” admitted Bradley in the post-match interview.
There was no controversy in the result, unlike the first fight between the two men two years ago. Bradley won that fight in a split decision that drew many questions from boxing observers around the wrold.
The controversy, according to Bradley, changed his gameplan for the return bout.
“I thought I had to do more, that’s why I was going for a knockout,” said Bradley.
Prior to the fight, Bradley questioned whether Pacquiao still had the fire to continue to be among boxing’s great fighters. After their second bout, Bradley was singing a different tune, praising Pacquiao’s performance.
“He has impeccable timing and great footwork. Tremendous punching power,” said Bradley.
Always gracious in victory, Pacquiao returned the compliment.
“He showed his toughness, I hit him a lot of solid punches,” said the Filipino fight icon, who regained the WBO welterweight title he lost to Bradley.
For Bradley, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
“I just got to go to the gym and get better.”