Unbeaten American boxing sensation Timothy Bradley wants a rematch with Manny Pacquiao so he can move on with his boxing career.
Bradley admitted that he is having a hard time moving his career forward with doubts in his mind and the public as well about the controversy on who was the real winner in their first encounter last year.
In response to a question during an interview with otrboxingradio.com on who he wants to fight next, Bradley said he wants a rematch with Pacquiao.
"Pacquiao, I want the Pacquiao fight. I want the Pacquiao fight for a couple of reasons, one reason is because I can’t move on with my career, I can’t move forward, it’s always a dark side of my career every time someone even mentions Pacquiao, it bothers me. It bothers me because, I don’t know if they are being honest or not," Bradley said.
"I have had people come up to me and say 'I thought you won that fight.' That’s great and everything, but the majority of the world that watched that fight said I lost. I don’t think I lost, but a lot of people said that I lost, so I have to go do back and revisit that. I got the guy that knocked him out, Marquez, now I got to go back and seal the deal with Pacquiao," he added.
Bradley expressed hope he can have another crack with Pacquiao, who is set to face Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 24. A win by Pacquiao against Rios could pave the way for a possible rematch with Bradley early next year.
"Hopefully he will get into the ring with me, hopefully we can fight again, and after I beat Pacquiao, then there is nothing else said about it, there is nothing else said about Pacquiao, “Oh he beat you once.” No, I’m going to beat him fair and square and then I can move forward, then I can go forward, but I have to go back revisit that fight, I have to fight this guy," Bradley said.
Bradley admitted that fighting Pacquiao with all the controversies behind it, actually hurt his career. A rematch would give him redemption of sorts and if he wins, then he can forget about Pacquiao and move on with his career from there.
Bradley remains unbeaten in his professional career with 31 wins and a no-contest decision. His last fight was against Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, winning via split decision to retain his WBO welterweight title.