Timothy Bradley on how he battled injury to beat Manny Pacquiao

We speak exclusively to Timothy 'Desert Storm' Bradley about how he overcame two injuries during his fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to secure victory and walk away with the WBO title

10 December 2012    |    0 Comments

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The task was already arduous to say the least. Timothy Bradley may have been young, talented and undefeated but May's opponent Manny Pacquiao represented a huge step up in class. Taking on a ferocious Filipino threshing machine who had not lost in five years and was ranked - by most qualified observers - in the pound-for-pound top two alongside Floyd Mayweather, Bradley was afforded scant chance of victory by fans and pundits alike. Then in the second round, 'Desert Storm' pulled ligaments in his left foot, hampering his mobility and a pre-fight gameplan based around movement. In the fourth, things went from bad to worse as the Californian severely twisted his right ankle. Given Bradley's fast feet are almost as vital to his style as his quick hands, this double blow spelt serious trouble, especially against the excellent Pacquiao. Months later, Bradley is still unsure quite how the injuries occurred.

“My left foot was injured at the end of the second round,” he remembers. “I don't know what happened, I was trying to put things together...I didn't wear any socks. Normally I don't wear socks when I'm fighting but this time the surface of the ring was really spongy, I felt like I was sinking every time I took a step. Most rings, the boards underneath are in sections. This particular ring had one board across the whole ring so it was kind of like I was bouncing in a WWE [pro wrestling] ring. On a harder surface I'm able to have a little more control, it feels firmer, but it was like quicksand in there, man. Every step you took, it was so hard to move. Then, in the second round, I don't know how I did it, but I stepped back and felt a pop in the top part of my foot and I was like, 'Oh no, I think I just broke my foot somehow.'

“Then in the fourth round I rode my right ankle really bad. Pacquiao attacked, I bobbed and weaved, stepped around and I guess I was favouring my right leg a little too much and, like I said, no socks on and my foot just gave out. So I had a severe sprain on my right ankle and that really swelled and I was just fighting on pure instinct and will. I had no support, no pop in my punches, no balance or power.”

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