Timothy Bradley Jr is all praises for Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, calling him "the best guy I've ever faced" after their exciting fight in Las Vegas last Saturday, April 9 (Sunday PST).
"He's explosive, he has a lot of experience, a lot of power, a lot of speed, and he's the best I've ever faced in the ring," said Bradley in a post-fight interview with Yahoo Sports.
Pacquiao bested Bradley in their third face-off, where he knocked down the American fighter in the seventh and ninth round.
Pacman won by unanimous decision, 116-110 across all judges, after 12 rounds. This is Pacquiao's second win in their trilogy.
"I fought my game plan, but he was just on point tonight. He was faster, he was quicker, he was stronger. He did everything right, and he did what he had to do to get the victory," said Bradley.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Bradley said: "Manny was strong the entire fight, and he was also very patient. I wasn't professional enough to stay patient myself, and I walked into shots."
Pacquiao, for his part, also had praises for his American rival: "Bradley is a good boxer, he's a champion, he's a man. It was not easy tonight."
The two boxers, who are friends outside the ring, exchanged a warm embrace after their fight. They also arranged to meet for breakfast and Bible study the next day.
"This is boxing. We don't hate each other outside the ring. We entertain people, we give exciting fights for the people. That's just our job," said Pacquiao, as quoted by GMA News Online.
Fight analysts had called Saturday's dominant victory a glimpse of vintage Pacquiao, where he displayed his trademark speed and punching power in a fitting swan song for the boxing legend.
"Manny with this win showed that he still has it. But he has nothing left to prove, really. Sure he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. But that was his only loss to him in four fights. He lost to Floyd Mayweather but that is only one loss in what has been a stellar career," said boxing analyst Dennis Principe over radio station dzBB.
Analyst Carlos Cinco added: "When it's all said and done, Pacquiao is going down as one of the all-time greats. There's no changing that."
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The 37-year-old Pacquiao announced after his 66th career fight that he'll be retiring to concentrate on his family and his political bid in the Philippines.
Although he's heart, he said, is still 50-50 on the decision.
"Like I said, I might enjoy my retired life. I might come back. It's hard to say because I'm not there yet. Right now my decision is to retire," said Pacquiao.