LAS VEGAS – Look who’s talking?
Tim Bradley, the American challenger to Manny Pacquiao’s world welterweight crown who has gained notoriety for his headfirst attacks, has claimed the Filipino champion is also guilty of head-butting opponents in the past.
The 28-year-old challenger from California cited Pacquiao’s past fights against Sugar Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales to prove his point.
“His last three or four fights when he fought Shane, there were head-butt clashes. Shane stands a little bit taller than Pacquiao. Go back and review the Marquez fight recently, and [the head-butt] wasn’t from Tim Bradley,” said the unbeaten American.
Bradley also mentioned Pacquiao’s first fight against Morales in 2005 when the Filipino was badly cut in the eye following a clash of heads.
“So all these allegations, this guy comes in with his reckless head, too. Go check his style. He lowers that head,” added Bradley.
The current World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-welterweight champion denied claims by Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that he head-butts opponents on purpose.
“I never try to headbutt somebody illegally,” he stressed, but was quick to add that “I’d rather they get cut than me.”
Bradley said he will be careful not to clash heads with Pacquiao during their 12-round bout at the MGM Grand, adding he doesn’t want to hear any excuses at the end of the match.
“I want to win this fight fair and square. No head-butt clashes,” he said.