It’s Not Demoralizing When It’s The Truth – Pacquiao vs. Bradley
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (June 11, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © German Villasenor, Doghouse)
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Manny Pacquiao lands on Timothy Bradley - Photo lands punch on Timothy Bradley © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
Pacquiao vs. Bradley - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley - Photo lands punch on Timothy Bradley © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
Manny Pacquiao bangs Timothy Bradley - Photo lands punch on Timothy Bradley © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
“All of the sports have a safety net but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on.” – Gerry Cooney

Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz was recently quoted in a post-fight interview as saying, “All everybody ever does, meaning the media and the fans, you know, is demoralize Timothy Bradley and the team. Because obviously people’s comments demoralize a fighter and his trainer.” When questioned on the prospect of a rematch November 10th, Diaz offered, “Let’s make it again. You know, Manny Pacquiao like a great warrior, he deserves a rematch. We’ll give it to him, no doubt. You know what? We’ll give it to him just to prove to all the people who think he lost, we’ll prove them wrong.” Belief in your fighter is one thing, as having a strong corner is essential to ring success obviously. Yet when even a fighter’s corner turns a blind eye to the facts there’s a serious problem and the underlying tone comes down to lined pockets and given opportunity. Team Bradley got such an opportunity on Saturday night and whether all parties involved were in on the charade or not one thing is clear, and that’s how Pacquiao will more than likely stick to the given script in Pacquiao vs. Bradley II if it happens and he obtains his “rightful” revenge. Bradley may have won the bout on the judge’s scorecards but the fans and those in the know realize who truly won the title fight. Facts are facts and numbers don’t lie even if mouths do.

The only demoralizing factor surrounding Pacquiao vs. Bradley was “Pac Man” being handed a ridiculous loss. Seeing as this loss was undoubtedly part of the grand drama that was written behind the scenes by only the most greediest of greedy (you can determine who, what, when and where that happened), it seems only fair that instead of allowing Pacquiao his false revenge (more drama), the more logical fight to make happen would be Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley at this point. Let Marquez battle Bradley and take his title. Then once Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets out of jail and returns into the mix he can school Timothy Bradley as a tune-up fight after his incarceration, and finally face off against Pacquiao and ride off into the sunset, that much richer and unscathed by a sport that he has been dominant in for so many years. No one wants to see Pacquiao vs. Bradley II and in light of the fact that Pacquiao appeared unmoved by his recent preposterous decision loss, a future fight with Mayweather is even that much more appealing to fans at this time.

It’s high time for Joel Diaz and Timothy Bradley to be honest with themselves and the boxing public. Bradley lost that fight regardless of what the scorecards said. Bradley’s face was an all too telling indicator of how he truly felt, carrying the expression of a fighter who was guaranteed victory but not sure of a win in his heart. And a win is what matters in boxing. Not a “give me” or a “freebee,” but a legitimate win. Key word- legitimate. A challenger who wants a Champion’s crown has to earn it and take that crown from the Champ. Their triumph must be decisive and leave no question in anyone’s minds (not just the judges) that they defeated the Champion. Bradley didn’t do that Saturday night. The public knows what’s right and you could smell that decision across the nation, a detail that the judges failed to recognize as their eyes failed them along with their sense of smell. Boxing is far from dead, but the aftermath of Pacquiao vs. Bradley definitely reeks of road kill.

Trainer Joel Diaz is also delusional in his outlook on a possible rematch with Pacquiao when he told the press, “Now it’s going to be worse. Now that Timothy felt his power, it’s going to worse.” Good point, it will be worse. For the viewers. The only reason that Bradley survived in there is because Pacquiao coasted throughout the bout and didn’t finish Bradley when he had him on his heels, even when he was unmistakably hurt on more than one occasion during the fight. Manny toyed with Timothy early in the fight, smiling and gesturing, and really seemed more disinterested in the fight if anything else, possibly because maybe he knew how it would already play out in the end. The Pacquiao of old who used to demolish his opponents just wasn’t in the ring on June 9th and maybe he never will be again. With a newfound re-dedication to religion and a secondary career as a politician, “Pac Man’s” focus isn’t aimed at the fight game anymore. Bradley is even further removed from the truth than his trainer Diaz, quite possibly still on a cloud from his recent upset win while riding the high that often comes with the limelight and smoke and mirrors of being a new Champion.

Jason can be reached with your questions, concerns, gripes, moans, complaints, insults or kudos at BoxingWarrior@hotmail.com. Your feedback is appreciated as always. Stay honest and keep punching.

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