Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves are scheduled to fight on December 13th and with both fighters coming off a loss, they both seek redemption. In his last 3 fights, Chaves is only 1-2. His most recent fight resulted in a loss to Brandon Rios with a ninth round disqualification in August. In April, Bradley suffered the first loss of his career and gave his WBO 147-pound title back to Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision.
The fight was the second matchup between Bradley and Pacquiao, the first of which ended with a highly questionable split decision by the judges to give Bradley the win, especially considering that you need to beat the champ outright in order to dethrone him.
You’ve got to beat Floyd Mayweather outright because he is the long running champ. The judges should have had the wherewithal to know that if the fight looks like a tie, you’ve got to give it to the champ Manny Pacquiao. The same is true in all sports. Michael Jordan’s not going to get called for a push-off in the final seconds of a championship game, you’ve got to beat the Bulls by a wide margin. That way, when the ref’s swallow the whistle, you’ve got enough of a cushion to still win the game.
That loss to Bradley ended Pacquiao’s near seven-year, 15-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts. On December 13th, we’ll see which fighter walks away with 2 losses in a row. For Timothy Bradley’s sake, it should not be him because nobody who beats Manny Pacquiao should lose two fights in a row, especially when it was won by a historically bad split decision. If Bradley doesn’t win, some people may not erase that asterisk they have next Manny Pacquiao’s record that reads: “*55-5-2…*56-4-2 because Manny beat Tim Bradley in their first fight.”