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Timothy Bradley Discusses Role Moldels, Best Career Wins

Undefeated Timothy Bradley takes part in a Q&A session with HBO, discussing various topics as he prepares for his upcoming fight with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

On what he likes to do when he's not in training, whether he plays or watches other sports and if he has any role models:

Even though I'm a world champion fighter, I enjoy offseasons like other professional athletes and I like to make the most of my free time. Like any other sports fan, I enjoy watching football and basketball on television as well as spending time with friends and family.

I'm a homebody, even during training camp, because I train at a local gym and stay at home. My wife and kids keep me grounded, and I like to stay involved in their day-to-day lives even when training camp is in full gear. When I'm not training, I serve as president of the Junior All-American Football and Cheer program and help coach any of the teams my son plays on. I have a great appreciation for the head coaches and how they teach and motivate. I'm honored to assist them. It's really been a lot of fun watching my son and his friends develop as players and teammates over the years. It's been a very rewarding experience.

I also attend as many school functions for my kids as possible. Back-to-school nights, PTO -- you name it, my wife and I are there. I'm amazed at what they are teaching our kids and how early these subjects are being taught to them. So much of it is fascinating. It's always fun going to Career Day at my kids' schools. With one in elementary and the other in middle school, you can imagine the differences in questions I am asked.

My favorite time of day is the morning when my daughter and I walk to school together. It's a great time to just chat about anything that's on her mind. It's our time, and I really treasure it.

On his best and worst memories as a fighter and which of his wins -- amateur or professional -- were the most satisfying:

I am blessed to have been in many memorable fights that have contributed to great memories as a professional fighter. I get asked a lot which fight stands out the most, and I would have to say it's my victory over Junior Witter. It was my first world championship fight. I'll never forget it.

Witter was the champion and I was the challenger. I had to travel to his backyard in England to fight him in front of his hometown fans. I knew I had to train hard in camp and execute perfectly against him. No one was going to do me any favors over there. Every point I won, I earned.

There is something very special when you defeat an opponent on his home turf. But in this case, I was facing a world champion on foreign soil. I didn't think about it much while I was training, but when I landed, it really struck me. I was fighting for me and I was fighting for the U S of A. It may sound corny, but I really felt I was representing my country throughout fight week. And the fans in England were great. They all came in as fans of Witter, but they left as fans of boxing. Everyone was so nice.

Winning that first world title from Witter was not just a turning point for my career but for my life, too.

My worst memory in boxing was when my amateur trainer, O.J. Kutcher, passed away. O.J. was the one person who always believed I had it in me to become world champion. When O.J. suffered a stroke, I was with him through his last days. It was very sad. Losing O.J. was like losing my right arm, and to this day I think of him or something he taught me on a daily basis.

I held on to a pair of hand wraps and gauze O.J. had given me when I was a child, saving them for something special. I wore them the night I fought Witter. I just knew O.J. would have wanted to be there that night, and as I wrapped my hands, I really felt he was with me, even when I was in the ring. Though O.J.'s passing is my worst memory as a fighter, you can count my experience with O.J. as a memory every bit as sweet as winning the title from Witter.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RINGG on 05-22-2012

Bradley seems like one of the good guys, still come fight time I'll be rooting for Pacquiao.

Comment by Tmann400 on 05-22-2012

[QUOTE=Lac'em up;12154660]Bradley should change his name to "Feather fists." He has no power, nowhere near the power needed to pose a threat to Pacman. Look at his knock out numbers: only 12, that says it all.[/QUOTE]Lol. You sound like a…

Comment by Primera on 05-21-2012

[QUOTE=Lac'em up;12154660]Bradley should change his name to "Feather fists." He has no power, nowhere near the power needed to pose a threat to Pacman. Look at his knock out numbers: only 12, that says it all.[/QUOTE] yup, another cherrypick for…

Comment by Lac'em up on 05-21-2012

Bradley should change his name to "Feather fists." He has no power, nowhere near the power needed to pose a threat to Pacman. Look at his knock out numbers: only 12, that says it all.

Comment by Joe Canta on 05-21-2012

You better be ready guys...bradley will defeat pacquiao!

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