Timothy Bradley had a difficult night against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, April 13, in Las Vegas. Not only did he lose a unanimous decision in his rematch against the "The Fighting Pride of the Philippines," but he also suffered an apparent leg injury, according to Isaac Estrada:
"No excuses, but I suffered a leg injury, I know people won't believe me," Bradley— Isaac Estrada (@RealBoxingNews) April 13, 2014
ESPN's Dan Rafael continued with an additional post-match statement from Bradley discussing the injury:
Bradley said he was hampered by a right calf injury in the first round, but he did not make excuses. He was a sportsman and gave Pacquiao credit for the victory.
"I have no excuses," Bradley said. "Stuff happens. I got nothing to say about it. You can't say nothing against Manny. I lost to one of the best fighters in the world. Manny fought his heart out. I tip my hat to his whole corner, Freddie Roach and his whole team."
Rafael followed with a statement from Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz, "After the first round Tim came back to the corner and said, 'I think I tore my right calf.' I began to massage it. He was in a lot of pain from that point on and I didn't have much to work with."
Following the fight, Mark Zeigler of UTSanDiego.com shared his thoughts on the decision:
Timothy Bradley is better vs. Manny Pacquiao than 1st fight, which he won. This time, he loses. Welcome to boxing. http://t.co/LDQFYeG6BO— Mark Zeigler (@sdutzeigler) April 13, 2014
The 30-year-old Bradley came into the bout against Pacquiao hoping to prove that his first victory over the Filipino legend was not a fluke or the result of bad judging. However, he came up short as Pacquaio was able to take over the fight as Bradley became less aggressive.
Although Bradley acknowledged that it would be difficult to take his claim seriously, Bradley's game plan took an apparent turn as the fight went on.
After catching Pacquiao in the early rounds as the aggressor, Bradley looked to become a counterpuncher in the middle rounds by goading Pacquiao into a slugfest. Whether that change of plans could have been due to an injury remains to be seen.