Losing is always a bitter feeling. Whether its sports related or not, it’s never easy.
In some instances a loss yields more inspiration and the drive for improvement. In other cases, a loss can bring someone down and damage their self-esteem to a point where giving up seems not only reasonable, but also the only way to go. There are also times when the confidence and the love for what one does takes a hit when it really shouldn’t, like when a fighter loses their fire after an incredible performance.
This is exactly where Timothy Bradley seems to be stuck.
According to BoxingScene.com, Bradley made the following statement in regards to his feelings on boxing and the reaction to his victory:
I am at the point where I am losing my love for boxing. It's just that I have come a long way and never got any credit. Still today I don't get credit. I'm a 4 time world champion and I still haven't gotten any credit. I am sick of it. I just want to fight the best fights out there for me and my family and the fans out there. I want to give them the best fights. I don't really care about the record books. I'm the freaking welterweight champion of the world and people feel like I don't deserve it. It is sad man. I worked my butt off to win that fight.
I will be honest, I don’t think that he won that fight, and most certainly don’t believe that he deserves to hold on to that belt. The judges made a terrible miscalculation, and they awarded the victory to the wrong fighter.
Having said all that, I think that Bradley surprised us all with his amazing performance. He showed heart and dedication, and he put forth a tremendous effort to stay in the fight and make Pacquiao work for his money. As a matter of fact, if anyone deserves a second fight with Pacquiao, it is Timothy Bradley, aside from Juan Manuel Marquez of course.
Of all the fighters that have challenged Pacquiao, only Marquez and Bradley were able to make Pacquiao look human and not an invincible powerhouse.
I feel bad that Bradley is thinking the way that he is, and if I could say anything to him, it would be that his feelings are askew. He has done what almost no other boxer have been able to do against Pacquiao—put on a competitive performance. Losing his love for boxing is absolutely premature and uncalled for, as his presentation last weekend skyrocketed his stock as a fighter to all new incredible heights.
I am sure that his entire team is very proud of his achievement, as are many boxing fans around the world.