outbrain
admarketadmarketadmarketadmarket Close  

Bradley: No excuses despite calf injury

/ 04:36 PM April 13, 2014

Timothy Bradley, left, trades blows with Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in their WBO welterweight title boxing bout Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. AP

MANILA, Philippines— A calf injury in the opening round hampered Timothy Bradley the rest of the way, but he refused to make excuses for losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight world title to Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley was seen limping towards his corner in several instances during the fight at the packed MGM Grand Garden Arena, and even in the post-fight presser. In their first encounter in June 2012, Bradley appeared before the media in a wheelchair because of his injured feet.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I don’t want to make any excuses and take anything from Pacquiao tonight. I don’t want to mention anything that happened to me. I don’t want to talk about it,” a reluctant Bradley said in the post-fight presser.

In a story by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz said he “didn’t have much to work with” because of the pain.

FEATURED STORIES

“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.”

While Bradley managed to rock Pacquiao with a few solid hits, those weren’t enough to defeat Filipino boxer again. Pacquiao won via unanimous decision.

“I don’t want to take anything from Pacquiao. He fought a courageous fight and he did his best. I have to accept defeat like a man,” Bradley said.

“It happens. But I continued on to fight my fight and I did the best I can tonight and I fought a greatest fight and I hope all the fans enjoyed it. It was very entertaining for me.”

RELATED STORIES

Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title

Pacquiao gets 32 stitches for left eye cut

ADVERTISEMENT

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Boxing, calf injury, Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.