- By Miguel Maravilla
Pacquiao Bradley Post Fight Press Conference
Following their rubber match Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met with the media at the post fight press conference at the MGM Grand media center. Pacquiao and Bradley camps were present as they addressed the media. In what was the third fight of their rivalry Manny Pacquiao scored a pair of knockdowns to secure him a unanimous decision in what will perhaps be the final fight of Pacquiao's career.
Hall of Fame Promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum made his opening statements on the fight.
“I am pleased today we had this very important under card and that Manny and Timmy went at it and gave the fans a terrific fight," Arum said in opening up the post fight press conference.
Timothy Bradley made his way to the press conference joined by trainer Teddy Atlas,
"First of all I want to give all praises to god. I want to thank my team, my wife, Teddy. We came up short tonight Manny Pacquiao was strong and fast. Manny was luring me in to counter me, he was being the ocean tonight," Timothy Bradley said. "He is the best fighter I have ever faced in the ring. I fought the best I could tonight, Manny was always on the right spots, he was a step ahead of me. Manny Pacquiao should not retire," Bradley added.
"I came up short, give credit to Manny he was terrific," Teddy Atlas said. "I think Timothy Bradley is the best human being I have ever been around training," Atlas added.
Timothy Bradley goes to 33-2-1, 13 KO's as he looks to get back in the ring.
"My spirits are up, I am not crushed you win some, you lose some," Timothy Bradley said. "I will take some time off and spend it with my family and regroup see what is next for us, I am not done I will be back, I got beat by a legend," Bradley added.
Pacquiao and his team followed as Manny and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had their take on the fight on what will perhaps be their last moments together.
"I thought Manny fought a pretty good fight tonight, He showed me he was aggressive I think he did very well," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said. "He looked like he was going for a knockout, it looked really good to see that," Roach added.
"I want to thank all of my team and team Bradley. I did my best every round I was looking for a good shot but like I said Bradley is not an easy opponent," Pacquiao said. "Bradley is a nice guy, I invited him to my bible study for tomorrow," Pacquiao added.
Manny Pacquiao wins the WBO International welterweight title as his record now stands at 58-6-2, 38 KO's. Despite it being his final fight there are rumors swirling about a potential fight with "Canelo" Alvarez. Have we seen the last of Pacquiao?
"I already decided and made a commitment to my family after this fight to spend more time with them. My priority is to help out the people of the Philippines," Pacquiao said. "My heart is 50/50 but I love my family. My decision is to retire,"
When asked if Mayweather comes back if he would be interested in a rematch.
"I cant answer that, I need to enjoy my retirement," Pacquiao said.
"Canelo is a big guy if we did fight a guy like that. My favorite fight for him is Terrance Crawford. I am not sure if he will retire yet. It is a difficult sport to quit. We have had a good 15 years together, he can continue to fight or if he retires and spends time with his family, I am one hundred percent behind him," Freddie Roach said. "I would like to see him fight again, yes," Roach added.
"If he retires neither of us have died, it's not necessary for Manny to fight, for me to have a relationship with him," Bob Arum said.
No Trump Under Card Winners Speak
Also present at the post fight press conference newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion undefeated Mexican Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez of Mazatlan, talked about his win over Arthur Abraham.
"I am really happy and excited for this moment my dream has come true. This is for all the Mexicans. We proved that we can do it. This was the No Trump card. All of us Mexicans showed we can rumble," Gilberto Ramirez said at the post fight press conference speaking English. "Abraham was a hard tough fighter the plan was to box him and I was able to control the fight," Ramirez added.
"Thanks to all the media and Mexicans that are always supportive," Ramirez's manager Jesus Zapari said.
Gilberto Ramirez stays undefeated at 34-0, 24 KO's.
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Mexico talked about his fourth round knockout victory over former world champion Evegeny Gradovich of Russia as he won the vacant WBO NABO featherweight title.
"Its a dream come true for me every since I was a kid I dreamed of fighting in Vegas. We had a great camp and I think we proved it," Oscar Valdez said.
Oscar Valdez gets passed his biggest test to date as he now stands at 19-0, 17 KO's.
"A title shot is the plan. We will sit with Bob and Todd and those are the plans to get him a title shot," Valdez manager Frank Espinoza said at the post fight press conference.
2012 U.S. Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez of Avenal, California spoke at the post fight press conference on his win over Manny Perez. Jose Ramirez stays undefeated at 17-0, 12 KO's
"I want to thank god for this victory, I dedicate this fight to my son. It was a hard ten weeks of camp I was not able to spend time with my son. It was a tremendous night of boxing," Jose Ramirez said.
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