Bradley beat Pacquiao with a fractured left foot and a twisted right ankle
By Chris Williams: To show you how good unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) is, he defeated Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) last Saturday night despite the fact that he was fighting with a fractured left foot and twisted right ankle.
With all those injuries causing him incredible pain and slowing him down, Bradley still had enough in the tank to shoot past an exhausted aging Pacquiao in the championship rounds to get the win. The injuries that Bradley suffered aren’t expected to keep him from facing Pacquiao in a rematch on November 10th, according to Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin. He’ll heal quickly and be ready to go by November 10th should Pacquiao agree to face him. While Pacquiao said he wants to try and avenge the loss, we’ll have to see whether he’ll in fact take the fight rather than looking for a softer target.
The victory for Bradley wipes out Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum’s plans for Pacquiao to fight a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in November of this year. That fight can’t happen now, and it may not happen next year either if Pacquiao can’t defeat Bradley in a rematch. You would have to assume that Pacquiao won’t bother facing Marquez next year if Bradley defeats Pacquiao for a second time. I suspect Pacquiao would then retire from the sport rather than look to face Marquez again.
According to Fightnews.com, Marquez will look instead to face Erik Morales on September 15th now that Marquez doesn’t need to worry about his need to face a southpaw opponent to get a tune-up for a Pacquiao bout. There’s no point in Marquez facing a southpaw now, so Morales is a good stay busy fight for Marquez that will give him a nice payday.