Timothy Bradley’s split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 may have seen him win the WBO welterweight title but it didn’t bring the American the respect he has been fighting years to achieve.
Despite seemingly being dominated by Pacquiao over 12 rounds, Bradley was handed the decision thanks to two of the three judges to secure the title and shocking a large number of Betfair.com visitors. While not being anywhere near one of the greatest fights in recent times, demand for a rematch was huge given the controversial result of the first bout, with the Betfair odds tipping Pacquiao to win.
With the rematch now booked for April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Bradley has been given the chance to prove once and for all that he is the better fighter. The 30-year has admitted he is looking to redeem himself with a much more comprehensive victory this time in order to leave no doubt he deserves the respect his results should have given him.
“This fight’s definitely bigger than the first one. This fight is basically redemption for me. I feel, deeply, in my heart, that I won the first fight,” said Bradley.
“I know that everybody out here don’t feel that I won the fight. I know they don’t feel that I want the fight. I didn’t get any credit for the first fight. I’m going to beat Manny Pacquiao to get the credit that I didn’t get in the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”
In his last two outings, Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) had to come back from the brink of being knocked out to outpoint Ruslan Provodnikov via close unanimous decision last March, following that up with an impressive split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in October despite the Mexican going into the fight as the heavy Betfair favourite.
With rumours that the winner of this rematch could be in line for a clash against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Bradley knows his chance to establish himself among the sport’s elite could depend on beating Pacquiao, and doing it in comprehensive fashion, a result you can bet on with Betfair.