Timothy Bradley

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Timothy Bradley
Real name Timothy Ray Bradley, Jr.
Nickname(s) Desert Storm
Rated at Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
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 36
Wins 33
Wins by KO 13
Losses 1
Draws 1
No contests 1

Timothy Ray "Tim" Bradley, Jr. (born August 29, 1983) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-time and current WBO welterweight, a two-time former WBC super lightweight champion, and a former WBO junior welterweight champion. Bradley has defeated twelve world champions over his career, including Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Márquez and Devon Alexander, and has ended four undefeated streaks.

Professional career[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[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.[1] 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.

Bradley vs. Holt[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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, MI. 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?"[6] 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.[7]

Joins Top Rank[edit]

Timothy Bradley joined Top Rank and made his debut for and alongside them in 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[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.[8][9]

Bradley vs. Provodnikov[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.[10] 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." [10]

Bradley vs. Marquez[edit]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Bradley vs. Chaves[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 punches versus the 152 of 570 blows Chaves connected with. [13]

Bradley vs. Vargas[edit]

Bradley fought and beat the undefeated boxer Jessie Vargas on June 27, 2015 at Stubhub Center, CA, USA on HBO World Championship Boxing to capture the WBO Welterweight Interim title.[14] 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.[15]

Bradley vs. Ríos[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 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 the fight off.

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 fights, 33 wins (13 knockouts), 1 loss, 1 draw, 1 no contest[16]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Win 33-1-1 (1) United States Brandon Ríos TKO 9 (12), 2:48 2015-11-07 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO welterweight title.
Win 32-1-1 (1) United States Jessie Vargas UD 12 2015-06-27 United States Stubhub Center, Carson California Won interim WBO welterweight title.
Draw 31-1-1 (1) Argentina Diego Gabriel Chaves SD 12 2014-12-13 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Non-title fight. Catchweight at 146 lbs.
Loss 31-1 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 2014-04-12 United States MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBO welterweight title.
Win 31-0 (1) Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez SD 12 2013-10-12 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO welterweight title.
Win 30-0 (1) Russia Ruslan Provodnikov UD 12 2013-03-16 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBO welterweight title.
The Ring magazine Fight of the Year.
Win 29-0 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao SD 12 2012-06-09 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBO welterweight title.
Win 28-0 (1) Cuba Joel Casamayor TKO 8 (12), 2:59 2011-11-12 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO light welterweight title.
Win 27-0 (1) United States Devon Alexander TD 10 (12), 3:00 2011-01-29 United States Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan Retained WBO light welterweight title.
Won WBC light welterweight title.
Win 26-0 (1) Argentina Luis Abregu UD 12 2010-07-17 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California Non-title fight; catchweight at 146 lbs.
Win 25-0 (1) United States Lamont Peterson UD 12 2009-12-12 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California Retained WBO light welterweight title.
NC 24-0 (1) United States Nate Campbell NC 3 (12), 3:00 2009-08-01 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California Retained WBO light welterweight title.
Fight stopped due to a cut on Campbell's eye.
Win 24-0 United States Kendall Holt UD 12 2009-04-04 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Retained WBC light welterweight title
Won WBO light welterweight title.
Win 23-0 The Bahamas Edner Cherry UD 12 2008-09-13 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Retained WBC light welterweight title.
Win 22-0 United Kingdom Junior Witter SD 12 2008-05-10 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Won WBC light welterweight title.
Win 21-0 Mexico Miguel Vazquez UD 10 2007-07-27 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California Retained WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 20-0 United States Donald Camarena UD 10 2007-06-01 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 19-0 Kenya Nasser Athumani TKO 5 (10), 1:35 2007-04-13 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 18-0 Mexico Manuel Garnica UD 8 2007-02-02 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California Retained WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 17-0 Colombia Jaime Rangel TD 8 (8), 1:54 2006-12-01 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 16-0 Mexico Alfonso Sanchez KO 1 (8), 2:44 2006-10-16 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 15-0 United States Martin Ramirez RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2006-08-18 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California
Win 14-0 Mexico Arturo Urena TKO 3 (10), 0:27 2006-06-23 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Retained WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 13-0 United States Jesus Abel Santiago KO 6 (8) 2006-05-13 United States Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Lancaster, California
Win 12-0 United States Eli Addison UD 8 2006-03-31 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Retained WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 11-0 Mexico Rafael Ortiz RTD 2 (10), 3:00 2006-02-17 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Retained WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 10-0 Mexico Jorge Alberto Padilla RTD 9 (10), 3:00 2005-11-21 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 9-0 Mexico Francisco Rincon MD 10 2005-09-23 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California Won vacant WBC Youth light welterweight title.
Win 8-0 United States Juan Yoani Cervantes UD 6 2005-08-26 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California
Win 7-0 Brazil Marcos Andre Rocha Costa KO 5 (6), 2:15 2005-07-21 United States Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California
Win 6-0 Mexico Justo Almazan SD 6 2005-06-03 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 5-0 Mexico Ramon Ortiz TKO 3 (6), 2:49 2005-04-25 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 4-0 Mexico Carlos Parra RTD 1 (4), 1:59 2005-03-28 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 3-0 Mexico Luis Medina KO 1 (4), 0:18 2004-11-22 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 2-0 United States Raul Nunez UD 4 2004-10-29 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 1-0 United States Francisco Martinez TKO 2 (4), 1:17 2004-08-20 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California Professional debut.

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,[17] along with future mixed martial artist and current UFC contender Cub Swanson.[18] Prior to becoming a professional boxer, Bradley worked as a dishwasher and as a waiter. He married his high school friend, Monica Manzo,[19] in 2010 and became an adoptive father to Manzo's two children, all together the couple have five children.[20] Bradley, before fights adheres to a strict diet and goes vegan.[21][22][23]

Vegan Diet[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christ, Scott. "Bradley scores early Upset of the Year contender". Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bradley was lucky to outpoints Holt to unify WBC and WBO titles". Sporting News holt was unlucky not to win the fight. Associated Press. April 5, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ WBC strips Timothy Bradley Jr. of junior welterweight title – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (April 28, 2009). Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Bradley Defends WBO Strap With Controversial Victory Over Campbell On SHOWTIME. Eastsideboxing.com (August 2, 2009). Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Rafael, Dan (May 21, 2010). "Fight set for Bradley, Abregu". ESPN. 
  6. ^ Timothy Bradley Turns Down Over $1.3 Million for Amir Khan Fight « Beats, Boxing and Mayhem. Beatsboxingmayhem.com (April 27, 2011). Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Fighthype \\ Gary Shaw And Tim Bradley Heading To Litigation Soon?. Fighthype.com (June 12, 2011). Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  8. ^ WBO says Pacquiao won; Manny wants rematch – Yahoo! Sports Philippines. Ph.sports.yahoo.com (June 21, 2012). Retrieved on December 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Manny Pacquiao wins WBO review, wants Timothy Bradley rematch – ESPN. Espn.go.com (June 21, 2012).
  10. ^ a b Timothy Bradley overcomes Ruslan Provodnikov to keep belt – ESPN. Espn.go.com (March 17, 2013). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Timothy Bradley beats Juan Manuel Marquez to retain title". BBC Sport. October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2014/04/13/manny-pacquiao-timothy-bradley-las-vegas-rematch-decision/7652815/
  13. ^ http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12026486/timothy-bradley-jr-diego-chaves-fight-draw-welterweight-bout
  14. ^ http://www.badlefthook.com/2015/5/2/8534167/timothy-bradley-jr-to-face-jessie-vargas-on-june-27
  15. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul/07/floyd-mayweather-jr-stripped-wbo-welterweight-title
  16. ^ Timothy Bradley – Boxer. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on January 15, 2012.
  17. ^ "Cathedral City High Alum". Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Cub Swanson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "Timothy Bradley and wife Monica". FabWags.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ '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.
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Cleveland, Leroy (May 25, 2012). "Tim Bradley – Vegan Dieter Shredded for Manny Pacquiao". Springfield, Virginia: FightSaga.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. Earlier this year, Tim credited his physical strength and superb conditioning to high-intensity training camps and his well-publicized vegan diet. 
  23. ^ Grimm, Pierre (June 8, 2012). "Manny Pacquiao's body looks weak and flat, Bradley looks ripped and muscular". Now Boxing. Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. Bradley is a vegan, but he is one buff vegan 
  24. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/timothy-bradley-explains-his-vegan-diet-benefits--70134

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Junior Witter
WBC super lightweight champion
May 10, 2008 – April 28, 2009
Title next held by
Devon Alexander
Preceded by
Kendall Holt
WBO junior welterweight champion
April 4, 2009 – June 27, 2012
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Interim champ promoted
Preceded by
Devon Alexander
WBC super lightweight champion
January 29, 2011 – July 28, 2011
Status Changed:Emeritus champion
Title next held by
Erik Morales
Preceded by
Manny Pacquiao
WBO welterweight champion
June 9, 2012 – April 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Title last held by
Kermit Cintrón
WBO welterweight champion
Interim title

June 27, 2015 – July 06, 2015
Preceded by
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
WBO welterweight champion
July 06, 2015 - present
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez KO6 Manny Pacquiao
The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
W12 Ruslan Provodnikov

Succeeded by
Lucas Matthysse KO11 John Molina, Jr.