Timothy Bradley SIGNED weigh-in 8" x 10" photo prior to his 1st fight and winning performance against Manny Pacquiao.
Timothy Ray "Tim" Bradley, Jr. (born August 29, 1983) is an undefeated American. Born in Cathedral City, California, and training out of Indio, California, Bradley is the current WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion. Bradley is trained by former title contender Joel Díaz.
Timothy Bradley, Jr. was born in Cathedral City, California on August 29, 1983, and grew up in Palm Springs, California. Prior to becoming a professional boxer, Bradley worked as a dishwasher and as a waiter. He married his high school friend, Monica Manzo, in 2006 and became an adoptive father to Manzo's two children. Bradley, before fights adheres to a strict diet and goes vegan.
Light-welterweight Bradley had his first professional bout on the 20th of August 2004, knocking out Francisco Martinez in the second round. In his rise through the ranks, he won the WBC youth World welterweight and super lightweight crowns. He also beat future IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez by a unanimous ten round decision.
Bradley vs Witter
Bradley finally got his chance for a full World title when José Luis Castillo failed to make weight in a title eliminator for the WBC super lightweight belt. He then won the WBC super lightweight title by defeating British fighter Junior Witter in England. Bradley's bank account was down to $11 when he made the decision to go to England to fight Junior Witter.
Bradley came into the fight a 6–1 underdog against Witter.
During the fight, Bradley controlled most of the action, and dropped Witter in his corner during the 6th round. Though the fight was scored a close split decision for Bradley, most observers and analysts thought Bradley should have won the comfortable unanimous decision.
Bradley vs Holt
On 4 April 2009, Bradley fought Kendall Holt to unify his WBC and Holt's WBO titles. Bradley was dropped in the first round by a huge left hook and was badly hurt but regrouped and outboxed Holt for most of the fight, before being sent to the canvas again in the 12th round. Nonetheless, Bradley got up and finished the fight. He won the fight by unanimous decision and became the new WBO champion.
Several days after his unification bout with Holt, Bradley was stripped of his WBC junior welterweight title, because of failure to fight Devon Alexander, his mandatory challenger. As a result, the title became vacant and Alexander stopped Witter at the end of eight rounds to win the belt. The Alexander-Witter fight was on the undercard of Bradley's August 1 fight with Nate Campbell in Bradley's hometown of Palm Springs. Campbell, a former lightweight champion, was coming up in weight after he failed to make the lightweight limit in his last fight.
Bradley's fight with Campbell only lasted three rounds after Campbell chose not to continue when a cut formed over and behind his left eye. Bradley was awarded the TKO victory, but the verdict was later changed. A replay showed that the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads. The rules state that if a fight is stopped by a cut caused by an accidental headbutt before the end of round four, it should be called a no contest. The California State Athletic Commission therefore changed the result.
Bradley vs Peterson
On December 5, Bradley took on mandatory challenger and future light-welterweight champion, Lamont Peterson. Bradley dominated the fight, knocking Peterson down in the third round and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision.
In his HBO Debut, Bradley was scheduled to face Luis Abregu in a non title bout at welterweight. However, Bradley's promoter told ESPN.com that he had made a deal with Golden Boy Promotions to fight Interim title holder and knockout artist Marcos Maidana at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, only a few miles from Bradley's hometown of Palm Springs. The fight was scheduled to take place on June 19, but due to a back injury to Marcos Maidana the fight was postponed. So he went back to his original plan to move up in weight and the fight with Abregu was back on for July 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino. Although clearly out-sized, Bradley proved too quick and too skilled for the hard-hitting Abregu winning by unanimous decision, with the judges' scorecards reading 119–111, 118–112 and 117–113. At the end of the fight, Bradley openly made a challenge to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, calling for him to "Come break down this wall." Bradley also called out Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana.
Return To Light Welterweight
Bradley vs Alexander
On January 29, 2011, Timothy Bradley defended his WBO junior welterweight title in a unification fight against fellow light welterweight title holder, WBC champion Devon Alexander, at the Silverdome Arena in Detroit. Bradley won via 10th round technical decision.
As stipulated in the contract of the fight against Devon Alexander, Bradley would be given a $1.3 million payday regardless of whomever he selected as his opponent for his next fight. While the public wanted Bradley to fight WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan and unify the division, Bradley opted to not take the fight.
Stripped of WBC Title Timothy Bradley was stripped of his title as he refused to fight World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion Amir Khan. Many have speculated that Bradley was not satisfied with the $1.3 million to fight a boxer of Khan's caliber, although this was Bradley highest pay day in his entire career so far. Also, he had admitted that it was too risky to fight Amir Khan, asking rhetorically on the American radio show Leave It In The Ring, "What if I lose then I am out the sweepstake to fight pound-for-pound-king Manny Pacquiao for 7.5 million dollars?"
Bradley's refusal to take the fight led to a falling out between him and his promoter Gary Shaw. Subsequently he was stripped of the WBC title due to inactivity.
Joins Top Rank
Timothy Bradley joined Top Rank and made his debut with them November 2011 when he defeated Joel Casamayor on the under card of Marquez-Pacquiao III.
On November 12, 2011, Bradley defended his WBO junior welterweight title against former lightweight titlist Joel Casamayor, 40, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. Bradley won by TKO in the eighth round in making his case for a shot at Pacquiao.
Return to Welterweight
Bradley vs Pacquiao
Bradley fought Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title. Bradley scored a controversial victory over Pacquiao by way of split decision, with two of the judges scoring it 115–113 to Bradley and the other 115–113 to Pacquiao. The decision ended Pacquiao's 7-year undefeated streak and gave Bradley the title. According to Compubox, Pacquiao was ahead in punches landed, power punches landed, percentage of punches landed, and percentage of power punches landed. As a result of the controversial scoring, a special five-judge panel was created by World Boxing WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel to review the fight.
All five judges of the panel reviewed a video of the bout and all scored it in favor of Manny Pacquiao. Two judges scored it 117–111, while the other three scored it 118–110, 116–112 and 115–113. Despite the panel's findings, WBO rules do not allow the decision to be overturned. The most the boxing body can do, according to Valcarcel, is to order a rematch.
Bradley vs Provodnikov
On March 16, 2013, Bradley defeated Ruslan Provodnikov via unanimous decision to retain the WBO Welterweight title at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Bradley vs Marquez
Bradley's next bout is scheduled for October 12, 2013, defending his WBO welterweight title against Ring #3 ranked pound for pound, Ring #5 ranked junior lightweight and former WBO junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Márquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley II (billed as "Vindication") WBO welterweight championship. The bout was held on April 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision and took the WBO Welterweight title, ending Bradley's undefeated streak.