Timothy Bradley wants the rematch with Manny Pacquiao, and hopes to win more decisively the second time. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley, who received a dubious split decision win over Manny Pacquiao last night in Las Vegas, says he's all for the planned November 10 rematch with the Filipino superstar, and feels he can do better the second time around:
"I'm happy to be the new welterweight champion but I definitely would like to do this again. I heard all the boos at the end of the fight, which is okay because we need to do this again. Let's make this more decisive. ... I injured my left foot in the second round, twisted my ankle, and now both of my ankles are swollen. I got hit with some big shots early on but I persevered and went through the pain."
As for Bradley's injuries, he has a twisted ankle on the right leg and a fracture in his left hook, explaining his wheelchair-bound appearance at the post-fight press conference, and why he had no shoes on. Still, and I mean this with all respect to his injuries, it did look funny.
"Ladies and gentlemen, in the wheelchair down front, your winner and new welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley..."
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) has already said he wants his rematch, which he had in the contract for last night's bout, and that he wants it again in Vegas. But there are some concerns at Top Rank that the fight won't sell.
Someone mentioned earlier in one of the threads (I think it was the illustrious El Destruyo) a possibly great comparison. Back in March 1999, Evander Holyfield received a jaw-droppingly stupid gift draw in his fight with Lennox Lewis in New York. Backlash was swift and stunning, as the sports world decried Lewis leaving with anything less than a decisively-scored win as a robbery. And that was back before social media and the real push of the internet and all that.
Lewis vs Holyfield sold 1.2 million on PPV. The rematch, eight months later, sold a mere 850,000. People thought they'd already seen the fight and knew who the better man was, regardless of what the three judges told them had happened. 850,000 buys is nothing to sneeze at, but that's a loss of about 30% of the paying customers from just eight months prior.
I don't think Pacquiao vs Bradley sold 1.2 million pay-per-views last night, and I doubt it's in any position to lose 30% of the audience it did attract. People just don't seem all that interested in rematch talk. Maybe in time they will be, but maybe not.
Personally, I think a fourth fight with Marquez for Manny is the better option in November. That's just my opinion.
But casting all the controversy aside, I will say that I do think Tim Bradley could potentially do better in a November rematch. He injured his ankle early in the fight, they say in the second round (this was backed up on TV during the fight, in Bradley's corner), and he definitely could have gotten off to a better start. All arguments for this fight being close or even somehow being legitimately scored a draw or for Bradley seem to hinge on how much of the second half of the fight you gave Tim Bradley. Personally, I only gave him half of that half, so I saw Manny winning big.
If Bradley started better, sure, he could do better. Maybe then they'd score it for Pacquiao.