Timothy Bradley

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Timothy Bradley
Real name Timothy Ray Bradley Jr.
Nickname(s) Desert Storm
Rated at
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 32)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 33
Wins by KO 13
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 1

Timothy Ray "Tim" Bradley Jr. (born August 29, 1983) is an American professional boxer. He is a five-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBC light welterweight title twice; the WBO light welterweight title once; and the WBO welterweight title twice. Bradley has defeated twelve world champions since his professional debut in 2004, and has ended four undefeated streaks. As of July 2016, he is ranked the world's third best welterweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board; fifth by The Ring magazine; and sixth by BoxRec. In October 2013, The Ring magazine ranked him the world's third best boxer, pound for pound. Bradley is well known for his trilogy bout against Manny Pacquiao, whom he fought in 2012, 2014 and 2016.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Light welterweight[edit]

Bradley had his first professional bout on August 20, 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, Holt[edit]

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.[2] 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 comfortably been given a unanimous decision verdict.

On April 4, 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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[edit]

On December 12, 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 nontitle 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 "El Chino" 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, 2010, but was postponed after Maidana had suffered a back injury during training for the fight. As a result, the initial plan to move up in weight was made and the fight with Abregu was back on, scheduled for the Agua Caliente Casino, along with a set fight date of July 17, 2010.[6] 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[edit]

Bradley vs. Alexander[edit]

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 Pontiac, Michigan. 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 the then WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan and unify the division,[citation needed] Bradley opted to not take the fight.

Stripped of WBC Title[edit]

Timothy Bradley was stripped of his title as he refused to fight then 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 Amir 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?"[7] 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.[8]

Joins Top Rank[edit]

Timothy Bradley joined Top Rank and made his debut for them on November 12, 2011, defending 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[edit]

Bradley vs. Pacquiao[edit]

Bradley fought Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title. Bradley won 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 5 judges scored it in favor of Manny Pacquiao. 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.[9][10]

Bradley vs. Provodnikov, Marquez[edit]

Bradley won a close unanimous decision against Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16, 2013 for the WBO Welterweight Championship. Provodnikov was given the fight to serve as an easy target for Bradley, who was looking for a confidence booster after a controversial fight with Manny Pacquiao. Bradley came out on the attack mode early, fighting in an uncharacteristically aggressive fashion. Provodnikov made him pay, tagging him with hard shots in the first round, and staggering him in the second. Bradley said after the fight he was concussed by a shot Provodnikov hit him with in the first round.[11] Bradley boxed more conservatively as the fight wore on, winning most of the middle rounds. In the last round, Provodnikov had Bradley hurt badly again but Bradley took a knee with just seconds remaining, and was able to beat the count, hanging on to win the fight on points. Bradley was impressed by Provodnikov's power and said "he's going to be a world champion someday." [11]

Bradley's bout with Ring #3 ranked pound for pound, Ring #5 ranked junior lightweight and WBO junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Márquez was October 12, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley was awarded a split decision win, in a fight where he wobbled Márquez in the final round with a left uppercut en route to winning via split decision with scorecards of 116–112, 115–113 and 113–115.[12]

Bradley vs. Pacquiao II[edit]

Bradley gave Manny Pacquiao a rematch on April 12, 2014. Ironically, the second fight was closer than the first contest according to many pundits. Pacquiao pulled away on the scorecards in the second half of the fight winning with a unanimous decision (118–110, 116–112, 116–112), ending Bradley's undefeated streak.[13]

Bradley vs. Chaves, Vargas[edit]

On December 13, 2014, following his first career loss to Manny Pacquiao, Bradley fought former WBA welterweight interim champion Diego Chaves of Argentina, in Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada. The official scorecards led to a controversial split-draw (Julie Lederman 112–116 for Chaves, Burt A. Clements 115–113 for Bradley, while Craig Metcalfe 114–114 for an even). Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial judge, had it 116–112 for Bradley and the Compubox statistics heavily favored a Bradley win as they stated he had connected with 225 of 572 punches versus the 152 of 570 blows Chaves connected with. [14]

Bradley fought and beat the undefeated boxer Jessie Vargas on June 27, 2015 at Stubhub Center, California, USA on HBO World Championship Boxing to capture the WBO Welterweight Interim title.[15] He won the fight by unanimous decision. On July 6, the WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather was stripped of his title for failing to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee for his bout with Manny Pacquiao and for not relinquishing his world titles in the Junior Middleweight division, as the WBO rules mandate that a champion of theirs can only hold titles in one division at a time. Therefore, Bradley was promoted to the full-time WBO welterweight champion.[16]

Bradley vs. Ríos, Pacquiao III[edit]

Bradley fought and beat former Lightweight champion Brandon Ríos on November 7, 2015 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to retain the WBO Welterweight title. He was trained by his new coach and TV analyst Teddy Atlas. Bradley won the fight by technical knockout in Round 9 at 2:48, after he put Ríos down with a body shot and followed it up with a barrage of punches, dropping Ríos again and prompting referee Tony Weeks to wave off the fight.

On April 9, 2016, Bradley and Manny Pacquiao faced each other in a rubber match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.[17] Bradley was knocked down twice in the bout en route to losing by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 116–110 in favor of Pacquiao.

Professional boxing record[edit]

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Loss 33–2–1 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Apr 9, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas For vacant WBO International and lineal welterweight titles
36 Win 33–1–1 (1) United States Brandon Ríos TKO 9 (12), 2:48 Nov 7, 2015 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas Retained WBO welterweight title
35 Win 32–1–1 (1) United States Jessie Vargas UD 12 Jun 27, 2015 United States StubHub Center, Carson Won WBO interim welterweight title
34 Draw 31–1–1 (1) Argentina Diego Chaves SD 12 Dec 13, 2014 United States Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
33 Loss 31–1 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Apr 12, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Lost WBO welterweight title
32 Win 31–0 (1) Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 Oct 12, 2013 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas Retained WBO welterweight title
31 Win 30–0 (1) Russia Ruslan Provodnikov UD 12 Mar 16, 2013 United States Home Depot Center, Carson Retained WBO welterweight title
30 Win 29–0 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao SD 12 Jun 9, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Won WBO welterweight title
29 Win 28–0 (1) Cuba Joel Casamayor TKO 8 (12), 2:59 Nov 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Retained WBO light welterweight title
28 Win 27–0 (1) United States Devon Alexander TD 10 (12), 3:00 Jan 29, 2011 United States Silverdome, Pontiac Retained WBO light welterweight title;
Won WBC light welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Alexander sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
27 Win 26–0 (1) Argentina Luis Abregú UD 12 Jul 17, 2010 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage
26 Win 25–0 (1) United States Lamont Peterson UD 12 Dec 12, 2009 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage Retained WBO light welterweight title
25 NC 24–0 (1) United States Nate Campbell RTD 3 (12), 3:00 Aug 1, 2009 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage Retained WBO light welterweight title;
Originally an RTD win for Bradley, later changed to an NC after an incorrect referee call
24 Win 24–0 United States Kendall Holt UD 12 Apr 4, 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won WBO light welterweight title
23 Win 23–0 The Bahamas Edner Cherry UD 12 Sep 13, 2008 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi Retained WBC light welterweight title
22 Win 22–0 United Kingdom Junior Witter SD 12 May 10, 2008 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham Won WBC light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Miguel Vázquez UD 10 Jul 27, 2007 United States Omega Products International, Corona Won vacant WBC Youth light welterweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Donald Camarena UD 10 Jun 1, 2007 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez
19 Win 19–0 Kenya Nasser Athumani TKO 5 (10), 1:35 Apr 13, 2007 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Manuel Garnica UD 8 Feb 2, 2007 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez Won vacant WBC Youth light welterweight title
17 Win 17–0 Colombia Jaime Rangel TD 8 (8), 1:54 Dec 1, 2006 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez Unanimous TD after Rangel sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Alfonso Sanchez KO 1 (8), 2:44 Oct 16, 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
15 Win 15–0 United States Martin Ramirez RTD 5 (8), 3:00 Aug 18, 2006 United States Omega Products International, Corona
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Arturo Urena TKO 3 (10), 0:27 Jun 23, 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario Won vacant WBC Youth light welterweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Jesus Abel Santiago KO 6 (8) May 13, 2006 United States Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Lancaster
12 Win 12–0 United States Eli Addison UD 8 Mar 31, 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario Retained WBC Youth welterweight title
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Rafael Ortiz RTD 2 (10), 3:00 Feb 17, 2006 United States DoubleTree, Ontario Retained WBC Youth welterweight title
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Jorge Alberto Padilla RTD 9 (10), 3:00 Nov 21, 2005 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Francisco Rincon MD 10 Sep 23, 2005 United States Omega Products International, Corona Won vacant WBC Youth welterweight title
8 Win 8–0 United States Juan Yoani Cervantes UD 6 Aug 26, 2005 United States Omega Products International, Corona
7 Win 7–0 Brazil Marcos Andre Rocha Costa KO 5 (6), 2:15 Jul 21, 2005 United States Athletic Club, Los Angeles
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Justo Almazan SD 6 Jun 3, 2005 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Ramon Ortiz TKO 3 (6), 2:49 Apr 25, 2005 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Carlos Parra RTD 1 (4), 1:59 Mar 28, 2005 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Luis Medina KO 1 (4), 0:18 Nov 22, 2004 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
2 Win 2–0 United States Raul Nunez UD 4 Oct 29, 2004 United States DoubleTree, Ontario
1 Win 1–0 United States Francisco Martinez TKO 2 (4), 1:17 Aug 20, 2004 United States Omega Products International, Corona Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Title last held by
Michael Santos
WBC Youth welterweight champion
September 23, 2005 – May 2006
Title next held by
Devon Alexander
Title last held by
Julio Cesar Garcia
WBC Youth light welterweight champion
June 23, 2006 – August 2006
Title next held by
Pavel Miranda
Title last held by
Pavel Miranda
WBC Youth light welterweight champion
February 2, 2007 – March 2007
Title next held by
Ali Chebah
Title last held by
Marvin Cordova Jr.
WBC Youth light welterweight champion
July 27, 2007 – October 2007
Title next held by
Ali Chebah
World titles
Preceded by
Junior Witter
WBC light welterweight champion
May 10, 2008 – April 28, 2009
Title next held by
Devon Alexander
Preceded by
Kendall Holt
WBO light welterweight champion
April 4, 2009 – June 27, 2012
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
promoted from interim status
Preceded by
Devon Alexander
WBC light welterweight champion
January 29, 2011 – July 28, 2011
Status changed
Title next held by
Érik Morales
Preceded by
Manny Pacquiao
WBO welterweight champion
June 9, 2012April 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Title last held by
Kermit Cintrón
WBO welterweight champion
Interim title

June 27, 2015 – July 6, 2015
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBO welterweight champion
July 6, 2015 – February 9, 2016
Title next held by
Jessie Vargas
Honorary titles
New title WBC light welterweight champion
In recess

July 28, 2011 – November 2011
Title discontinued

Personal life[edit]

Timothy Bradley, Jr. was born in Palm Springs, California on August 29, 1983, and grew up in Cathedral City, California. He went to Cathedral City High School,[18] along with future mixed martial artist and current UFC contender Cub Swanson.[19] Prior to becoming a professional boxer, Bradley worked as a dishwasher and as a waiter. He married his high school friend, Monica Manzo,[20] in 2010 and became an adoptive father to Manzo's two children, all together the couple have five children.[21] In 2015, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[22]

Bradley has been on a vegan diet for his fights since 2008. He said that he first tried the vegan diet while preparing for his fight with the World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Junior Witter. In this fight, which Bradley won by split decision, Witter was knocked down in 6th from overhand right. After the fight Bradley was proud of the results and maintained his diet. He added that when he was on the vegan diet, he felt superior over any athlete who gets in the ring because it gave him energy, helped with his reflexes and balance.[23][24][25]

In 2015 he abandoned this diet for his fight with Jessie Vargas.[26][27]


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  10. ^ Manny Pacquiao wins WBO review, wants Timothy Bradley rematch – ESPN. Espn.go.com (June 21, 2012).
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  16. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/07/floyd-mayweather-jr-stripped-wbo-welterweight-title
  17. ^ http://www.manilatimes.net/pacquiao-vs-bradley-3-a-done-deal-arum/236959/
  18. ^ "Cathedral City High Alum". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ "Cub Swanson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  20. ^ "Timothy Bradley and wife Monica". FabWags.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  21. ^ 'Dead broke' Timothy Bradley and wife Monica took big gamble that paid off – Yahoo! Sports. Sports.yahoo.com (May 28, 2012). Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  22. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  23. ^ "Timothy Bradley Explains His Vegan Diet, The Benefits". The Boxing Scene. September 30, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  24. ^ Barnard, Neal D. (June 10, 2012). "Vegan Boxer Wins Welterweight Title". Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. Tim Bradley used a vegan diet to power his victory in a welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas June 9. 
  25. ^ Gay, Jason (February 27, 2012). "Manny Pacquiao vs. the Vegan". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  26. ^ Gary Andrew Poole (27 June 2015). "Timothy Bradley craves respect: 'Jessie Vargas? I'm gonna whup his ass'". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2016. To gain more power in his 5ft 6in body, Bradley has abandoned his vegan diet for animal proteins. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

Succeeded by
Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina, Jr.