Despite being an unwitting accessory to theft, Timothy Bradley is an absolute warrior

Timothy Bradley is a tough and admirable prizefighter.

WBO light welterweight champion “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley suffered a fractured left foot when criminally incompetent judges allowed him to steal Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao’s WBO world welterweight belt by a split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 28-year-old Bradley (29-0-0-1, 12 KOs), who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, also vacated the squared circle with a severely sprained right ankle.

“Desert Storm,” a former two-time light welterweight titlist who in the past trumped solid prizefighters Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander, attended the post-fight news conference in a wheelchair.

Statistically, and visually, Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) outclassed and battered Bradley throughout the corrupt prizefight.

“I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight,” said promoter Bob Arum, who handles both scrappers.

As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, Bradley has feathery fists and wasn’t physically capable of damaging “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” when they fought for 36-minutes.

In stark contrast to the slightly above-average Bradley, the 33-year-old Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is blessed with superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and his footwork is utterly elite.

Despite the felonious scoring by a trio of porous judges, Bradley showed heart, and moxie, to continue battling a legend with such injuries.

Boxing has long been a difficult sport to respect or take seriously and this weekend further hindered its image.

Nevertheless, it is imperative that fans realize that Timothy Bradley has absolutely nothing to be “ashamed of.”

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