Timothy Bradley might be working for Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions, but that doesn't mean he should be afraid to speak his mind when he feels that he has been wronged in the eyes of the boxing public.
In an interview with The Desert Sun, Bradley said that Arum heard him wrong after the Pacquiao fight, when Bradley supposedly said that he lost the fight as soon as it was over:
I told Bob I did the best that I could but I got injured and that was it, that's the only thing I said to Bob. I never said, 'Oh, Bob I just can't beat this guy.' I would never say that because I thought I won the fight. What the heck am I doing crying on my guys' freaking shoulders if I thought I won the fight?
Arum knows where his money gets made. Pacquiao is the biggest star in the sport, and he draws more interest than any fighter in the sport. Of course Arum is going to do all he can to paint Pacquiao in a positive light.
It is entirely possible that Arum watched the fight, assumed Pacquiao won and misinterpreted what Bradley was telling him. But in deciding to go public with it, he had a major lapse in judgement, if what Bradley is saying is indeed true.
Likewise, Bradley is going to say everything that he can to paint himself in a positive light, as he should. The boxing community wants answers from everyone for this decision, and Bradley was the closest one to the scene of the crime. He benefited from a controversial decision, and is getting more publicity now than at any point in his career.
Bradley should be doing all he can to defend himself, even if it means calling Arum out for saying what he said.
There is a lot of he-said, he-said going on right now. No one knows exactly who to believe. Bradley would appear to be the more credible source in this case, since he doesn't have to worry about promoting anyone besides himself.
Arum may be one of the great talkers in the business right now, and doing all he can to force a rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao later this year serves his interests and the interests of his fighters.
At this point, the only thing we know for sure is that Bradley will not be silenced just because the fans and analysts feel like he got a victory that wasn't earned.
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