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Return of Bradley

Bradley is clear- headed and ready for Chaves

By Igor Frank

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley felt much better after losing a rematch to Manny Pacquiao than he did after a controversial victory in their first encounter. Blue collar champion from Palm Springs never wanted to get an undeserved gift decision. Win or lose, he leaves his heart and soul in the ring and that is good enough for him.

“The dark cloud has blown over,” said Bradley last week during International teleconference call:” I am clear-minded and I am happy to be back. The thing is you learn from loosing battles. You learn a lot about yourself. And I learned a lot more by loosing than I did by winning.”

Fighting ring great Manny Pacquiao twice in the span of two years is a huge learning experience. Thirty one years old Bradley is going to have to use that experience when he faces twenty eight years old Argentinean, Diego Chaves at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on December 13th, 2014. Their twelve round, non-title welterweight contest will be televised live by HBO.

“This is my return after getting beat by Manny Pacquiao,” continued Bradley (31-1,12KO’S), who suffered his first official, professional loss in a rematch with Pacman in April of this year:” I learned a lot from Manny Pacquiao - I learned not to beat myself in the ring and not to be someone that I am not in there. For this fight I am going back to the drawing board to what got me to the top. My boxing ability, my speed and using my thinking cap in the ring.” Not to mention Bradley’s huge heart, supreme conditioning and an iron will to win. Those attributes helped Bradley to outfight Ruslan Provodnikov and outbox master boxer, Juan Manuel Marquez in between two Pacquiao fights. That’s a very impressive resume by anybody’s standards. So how does Bradley motivate himself to fight a relatively unknown Chaves (23-2,19KO’S) with no titles on the line?

“Diego Chaves is no slouch,” said Bradley who trained three months for this fight:” He has fought some good guys - Keith Thurman and rugged Brandon Rios. Brandon Rios is always tough for everybody. I know Chaves is primed and ready to fight me. I am one of the best and he wants to beat me. So I am focused and training camp went really, really well. I have sparred over 150 rounds and I am in tip-top shape.”

Former two division world titlist Bradley wants to get his welterweight belt back. He feels like there are a lot of options open for him in the future, including trying for a title in the third weight division, 154 pounds. “ There are a lot of options out there,” said Bradley:” Manny Pacquiao is talking about going down to 140, so his welterweight title might be vacant and may be Marquez would want to fight again to get that fifth title.”

However Bradley knows better than looking too far ahead. He said:” My mind is set on Chaves and not thinking about anything else, distractions or negative thoughts that would make me fight a certain way. I like the fact that I am clear headed and going in with a definite game plan.”
If Bradley Chaves is not enough two other great fights on the same card will be televised live by HBO; Junior welterweight showdown between veteran Mauricio Herrera ( 21-4,7KO’S) and undefeated Jose Benavides(21-0,15KO’S) and a middleweight scrap for a vacant WBO title between Matt Korobov(21-0,14KO’) and Irish, Andy Lee(33-2,23KO’S). Don’t miss it.