Tim Bradley Has to Battle for Respect with Every Fight


One would think that after having a resume with victories over a long list of champions and former champions such as Miguel Vazquez, Nate Campbell, Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander, and Manny Pacquiao that Tim Bradley would get the credit and respect that he deserves. But, despite all of his accomplishments and success in the ring, Bradley has had his share of critics, especially after his disputed victory over Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in June of 2012.

Through all of the criticisms Bradley has continued to remain positive and upbeat claiming, ”It’s just a matter of time man. If I just keep staying in the public eye, keep fighting these guys, all the best guys out there, keep beating them, then there is no denying me that. Four time world champ right now and I continue to fight nothing but the best and that’s my goal. My goal is to fight nothing but the best.”

Bradley finds himself with another opportunity to continue to fight the best and add to his already impressive resume when he takes on Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12. “I’m about to add another Hall of Fame fighter on my resume after beating Marquez on October 12. You can’t deny me that I’m not a pound for pound, top pound for pound welterweight in the game after beating a guy like this. Marquez is a legend in the sport. It’s just a matter of time. I just got to keep on doing what I’m doing,” he explained.

With the recent drug testing issue surrounding his upcoming fight with Marquez, some people have questioned the way Bradley’s promoter Top Rank has handled the situation. Bradley chimed in with his opinion stating, “I love Top Rank, they have been riding by me but it just feels like sometimes I’m getting the short end of the stick and I always wonder why. If you could give me a reason why then we could understand each other, especially after this drug testing issue, it’s just like man are you serious, can I get a little respect man?” He went on to explain in further detail, “Because I know that Pacquiao wanted VADA and if Rios didn’t agree to VADA then there wasn’t going to be no fight. At the end of the day I’ve just come to the conclusion that it’s about bread man. It’s about money. This sport is truly about money man.”

Bradley hopes to one day be in that same situation where he has the leverage at the negotiating table that Pacquiao has. “I feel that one day maybe I’ll be at that level man. I feel that I’m already at that level right now but like I said man I don’t think they feel that way, so I got to just deal with it man. It’s bitter sweet for me talking about it because I never want to talk bad about my promoters man, but you got to face up you can’t just sit back and eat sh*t your whole life.”

Maybe with an impressive victory over Marquez on October 12, all of that will change for Bradley.

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