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Pacquiao vs Bradley: Timothy Bradley Says Mayweather Is the Best, Not Manny

Timothy Bradley doesn't think Manny Pacquiao is the #1 P4P fighter in the world. Or he does, maybe. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley doesn't think Manny Pacquiao is the #1 P4P fighter in the world. Or he does, maybe. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Timothy Bradley has shockingly (shockingly I tell you!) changed his tune in the last, oh, day or so, when it comes to who's the best in the world pound-for-pound. At the Los Angeles presser for his June 9 fight with Manny Pacquiao, here's what Bradley said on the mic:

"This is something I've dreamed of my whole life. 18 years of my career, since I was an amateur, to be in the position in a supermegafight against the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game, probably the best fighter in the history of boxing, by some peoples standpoint."

Now when he said it, as I watched the press conference video, I did kind of laugh. "The best fighter in the history of boxing," Bradley said of Pacquiao, adding quickly, "by some peoples standpoint," whatever in the hell that means.

This after Bob Arum started off by saying, "I don't have to oversell this fight," which is boxing code for, "Jesus Christ, we have to oversell this sucker."

But in some quotes from Keith Idec at, which came at the New York press conference, Timmy sings a different tune:

"Mayweather is smart. He’s a very smart fighter. He’s very fast. He’s clever at what he does. He’s the best at it. That’s why I think he’s better than Pacquiao. I mean, I would love to see the fight. Pacquiao, I think, will still give him a great fight. But I just think that Mayweather is very smart, man. He’s a very smart, intelligent fighter."

Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) goes on to mention that he's always said he'd be the man to beat Mayweather. Well, first of all, if that was a goal, he shouldn't have signed with Top Rank, since he'll never get to fight Mayweather under their banner, but more importantly and humorously, he very quickly swears that he said that early in his career, notes that it's on tape. You know, so he doesn't become another Victor Ortiz, with his fable of being nine years old and dreaming of being the man to dethrone Mayweather, which still stands as the biggest load of shit Ortiz has ever tried to spread, among the many loads, and the funniest, too.

Mayweather faces Miguel Cotto on May 5.

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