In a interview with the The Desert Sun newspaper (per USA Today) out of his hometown of Palm Springs, Calif., newly-crowned WBO welterweight champion of the world Timothy Bradley opened up on his life after the controversial decision and what is next for him and his career in the ring.
Bradley explained he has not had the easiest time since the shocking decision went in his favor, giving him the win over Pacquiao 10 days ago. From media and fan verbal attacks, Bradley has heard it all.
Bradley told the Desert Sun:
The first couple days it was kind of hard on me, the bashing I was taking from fans and media, and I didn't have anything to do with it.
Feeling bad for a guy who was basically handed a career-altering win and a major title is kind of tough, but Bradley had nothing to do with what the judges saw, so blaming him is ludicrous.
Bradley said he is all for having a rematch with "Pacman" on November 10, but Pacquiao seems to have other plans as he is set to take on Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth (and hopefully final) time, according to ESPN.
If we're going to do it, I can't wait...(Top Rank chairman) Bob Arum said it's going to be a hard sell. He said we have to get the confidence back in the fans...I think the rematch should happen. The fight was very close and it could've gone either way, regardless of what happened. I'm all for it. November 10th — let's do it...All this would be taken away if we just sat down and did the rematch and settled it once and for all.
A rematch as soon as possible makes sense for both Bradley and Pacquiao, but both fighters taking on a different opponent each would be best. Pacquiao can end one controversy surrounding his series of fights with Marquez, while Bradley can get in the ring and hopefully look great in a win with a quality fighter to get the fans more excited about a rematch.
Bradley knows he doesn't have the kind of following that Pacman or "Money May" do, and that very fact makes Bradley feel like a bout with Mayweather would be tough to get signed.
Boxing is a business and I'm well known now with all this controversy. But I think Mayweather is the best fighter in the world and he can pick and choose who he wants to face. If he doesn't want to face me, he doesn't have to. He's all about money: If you don't make dollars, it don't make sense. Me having a small fan base would jeopardize me fighting Mayweather
A Bradley-Mayweather bout would be great but would only make sense after a Pacquiao rematch for Bradley. However, if he can't beat Pacman for a second time, pushing for the all-time dream bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather would be at the forefront if Pacquiao is successful against Bradley in a rematch.
Bradley also told the Desert Sun in their interview that he is open to fight any one—from Amir Khan to a Klitschko (jokingly), he is ready to take on anyone.
The future is bright for Bradley despite the dark cloud currently hanging over his head, but once Bradley rides out the storm surrounding the Pacquiao decision, his career can only go up. He will become one of the big names to carry the sport after Pacquiao and Mayweather retire.