Pacquiao: Bradley never hurt me
MANILA, Philippines – Although Manny Pacquiao has no plans of contesting his defeat to Timothy Bradley, he stressed that he was never threatened by the American boxer during their 12-round title clash.
Pacquiao said Bradley, who wrested the WBO welterweight title after hammering out a split decision victory, never was a big puncher.
“He never hurt me with his punches. Most of them hit my arms,” Pacquiao said in ESPN.com.
It was Pacquiao’s first defeat in seven years. The last time he lost was in 2005 during the first of his trilogy fight against Mexican legend Erik Morales.
Pacquiao said Bradley fought the usual game, which is why he was surprised with the decision.
Two of the judges favored Bradley, 115-113, while the other judge scored for Pacquiao 115-11.
"I did my best, but I guess my best wasn't good enough," Pacquiao said. “I don't know what happened."
In a separate interview by ANC, Pacquiao said it was Bradley who was receiving most of the punches.
“Halos lahat ng round atin kasi lagi siyang nasasaktan,” he said.
Bradley himself admitted being rocked by the hard-hitting Filipino.
"Manny hurt me a few times in the fight with his left," Bradley said.