Bob Arum has been the central figure in the controversial Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley decision. In fact, on the night of the fight, Arum claims Bradley told him, "I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy," according to ESPN.
While Arum has maintained that the outcome is "absurd" and started talk of an investigation into the decision, Bradley has stood his ground too.
After the fight, the victor was quoted saying (via ESPN), "I thought I won the fight. I didn't think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn't feel his power."
Several days later, Bradley has now taken to Twitter to reaffirm his stance on the decision:
I finally had a chance to watch the fight last night and after watching it I felt just like I did the night of the fight.. I won the fight!— Timothy Bradley Jr. (@Timbradleyjr) June 12, 2012
Pacquiao, meanwhile, has taken the high road—exemplifying why his fans love him in the first place.
The AP report in the Washington Post quotes the Filipino star saying:
That’s how we love this boxing. In your heart you know I was winning the fight. But it’s okay. It’s part of the game. ...
I hope you’re not dismayed or discouraged. I can fight. I can still fight.
The consensus among the general public is that Pacquiao should have won the fight. Bradley was hardly a blip on the radar prior to the bout, but is now a household name.
Unfortunately, he's now a household name for mostly the wrong reasons (although he did win the fight, according to the judges), and every word he says defending the decision will be vilified by fans.
Bradley and Pacquiao are very likely going to get together again in November in a rematch with no shortage of hype. One major difference in the second bout is that Bradley will undoubtedly be the villain.
Every word he speaks from now until then works against him.
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