LAS VEGAS - For the many deriding remarks he received in the aftermath of his stunning upset of boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao two years ago, Timothy Bradley admitted he thought about committing suicide.
"Hell yeah, no doubt man," Bradley said, dropping the bombshell after he was asked to confirm the suicide rumors just before the formal press conference for his title rematch against Pacquiao this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the MGM Grand here.
The 30-year-old American said he was publicly mocked and ridiculed by boxing fans who obviously couldn't believe he beat the Filipino boxing legend by split decision the way the three judges saw it on the night of June 9, 2012.
Worse, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion admitted receiving a death threat written on a piece of paper unsigned and delivered right in his house.
"Once the death threat rode in, I said this is ridiculous," he recalled.
And so he thought the best way to avoid it is to try to end his life.
"It was a bad moment, man. I don't want to box anymore. I don't want to live anymore. This sucks. This is not what it's supposed to be like."
Through her wife, family, and friends, Bradley was able to overcome the depression and got back on his feet.
"I realized the important things in my life, I realized who is important, what I need to do, how I need to change," he said.
The change in his principle allowed him to successfully defend his 147-lbs title twice, and finally land a shot of proving himself again in the rematch with the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
And this time, Bradley said he will make sure he'll leave no doubt on who the clear winner is.
"I know this is my time. I know the reason why the stage is set. I know why I am here. I know exactly why the controversy happened the first time," said the confident champ.
"It's my time, it's my moment. I don't care who believe or who doesn't believe, but on Saturday night I'll justify all of that by taking care of my business."