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Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley | Verdict Misled Fans About 'Desert Storm'

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On Saturday night, undefeated WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (29-0, 12 KOs) defends his title against Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KOs). After winning a hotly controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao, one of the most beloved figures in sports, Timothy Bradley may be the most disliked fighter in boxing.

Unknown to the masses a year ago, Tim Bradley has leaped into the public consciousness after his now-infamous fight with Manny Pacquiao.

However, many fans seemingly view Bradley with disdain instead of respect.

Did the judges, by awarding Timothy Bradley a seemingly undeserved victory, skew the public's opinion of Tim?

Win or lose against Manny Pacquiao, fight fans seem to be forgetting Tim Bradley is a legitimate Top 10 Pound-for-pound fighter by RING Magazine, FightSaga, Bleacher ReportESPN and BoxRec to name a few.

Despite Tim's unbeaten record and victories over several world champion, it seems that fans choose to ridicule him and denounce his skills despite the fact he's universally acknowledged as an elite fighter and is rated higher than standout fighters such as Adrien Broner, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Canelo Alvarez, Austin Trout, the Klitschkos, Danny Garcia and Carl Froch.

Are fans taking out their disappointment over the verdict on Bradley? Lest they forget, he wasn't one of the judges.

So Tim Won't Admit He Lost...
For starters, fighters are usually  biased towards themselves when fighting. In their minds, they perform a lot better than they really did. So as a result, many times they are convinced they've won fights they lost. That stated, when a fighter is awarded a decision, its that much harder for him to come to grips with the fact his victory may have been underserved. 

In the fighter's mind, he won - and on the scorecards he won. Good luck trying to convince him otherwise.

Secondly, how many fighters on the end of a presumed "gift" decision have stated they should have lost while still active? Sure, a few have come clean years after retiring but no one admits they lost while still competing.

Did Julio Cesar Chavez admit he should have lost to Pernell Whitaker? Did Brandon Rios insist he really did lose to Richard Abril? Did Evander Holyfield admonish the judges for the supposed undeserved draw he received in his first bout with Lennox Lewis?

Fighters simply don't do that and fans shouldn't expect it.

Shouldn't Bradley Give His Title Back to Pacquiao?
Even if Tim wanted to give his title to Manny, he couldn't. Only sanctioning bodies, in this case the World Boxing Organization (WBO), have the power to dispense or revoke titles.

Well, Tim Bradley Should Offer Manny a Rematch
Bradley pleaded for a rematch and Manny chose to fight Juan Manuel Marquez in a title-less affair. Moreover, Tim Bradley offered to relinquish the title so he and Manny could fight for the "vacant" belt. But since Manny chose to fight Marquez, there was no reason to reliquish what he probably believes is rightfully his.

What Fans Don't Realize...
Fans don'realize is that by calling Tim Bradley a bum, they are taking credit from Manny Pacquiao and diminishing his performance against Bradley.

Consider this... Manny failed to hurt, knock down or knockout an opponent who fought with two injured feet and needed a wheelchair after the bout. 

Moreover, Tim's face was spotless after the twelve rounds with Manny. Compare Bradley's face after fighting Pacquiao to Cotto's, Margarito's and Marquez's.

Five fighters during or after fights with Manny Pacquiao.  One face looks remarkably fresh.


Either PacMan is really bad or Bradley is an elite fighter who, despite an undeserved win, held his own with the mighty PacMan without running or excessive holding.

PacMan "beat-up" De La Hoya, Cotto, Hatton, Margarito and Clottey... And he was on the verge of beating-up Marquez before he was knocked out.

Manny Pacquiao may (or should have) have beaten Tim Bradley but he clearly didn't "beat him up," despite the fact Bradley was operating on severely injured feet.

To me, that speaks volumes about Bradley's skills and solidifies his ranking as an elite fighter. Not to mention he's defeated Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander and Luis Carlos Abregu (who was 29-0 at the time).

If Tim Bradley is a "bum" what does that make De La Hoya, Hatton, Marquez, Margarito and Cotto?

Bradley got a "gift" decision but fans shouldn't let that alter their opinion of him. He's one of today's best.


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