By Ryan Burton
Tim Bradley was extremely confident throughout the lead up to his fight against eight division Manny Pacquiao. The new WBO welterweight champion's mantra was that he was going to shock the world and defeat Pacquiao despite being a 4-1 underdog.
Bradley's prophecy came true but the controversial nature of his victory has left a sour taste in his mouth. While speaking to us on The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show, Bradley said that he is losing his zeal for the sport he has excelled at since he was child.
"I am at the point where I am losing my love for boxing. It's just that I have came along way and never got any credit. Still today I don't get credit. I'm a 4 time world champion and I still haven't gotten any credit," stated Bradley.
"I am sick of it. I just want to fight the best fights out there for me and my family and the fans out there. I want to give them the beset fights. I don't really care about the record books. I'm the freaking welterweight champion of the world and people feel like I don't deserve it. It is sad man. I worked my butt off to win that fight," he continued.
The Southern California native said that he hopes to get a rematch with Pacquiao so that he can prove to the naysayers that he can beat Pacquiao. If he doesn't land the rematch he said he will look to land the biggest fights possible.
"Whatever makes the most money and makes the most sense (is what I'm looking for). I'm not looking for any up and comers. I want to fight the best out there," Bradley explained.
Bradley said that if the fans disagree with the scoring they should take it up with the judges because they are the ones responsible for the fight's outcome.
"Bob Arum doesn't have anything to do with this. Neither do I and neither does Pacquiao. The judges scored the fight how they saw it so everyone else needs to stop blaming us. They should take it up with the judges. Not with Top Rank. Not with me. Not with Pacquiao," Bradley concluded.
Not everything is negative with Bradley however. Whether you win or lose, facing Pacquiao is always lucrative.
"I just checked my bank account this morning and I couldn't believe how many zeros were there. It made it all worth it even with what they are saying. My bank account is 'faaaaaat'," said a laughing Bradley.
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here: http://tobtr.com/s/3253727
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