FORMER two-time World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Ray “Tim” Bradley recently showed great respect for his Pinoy fans as well as love of Filipino food despite a recent loss to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
“The Filipino fans, they showed great love and respect. The Filipino community where I live, you know, they embraced me, man. I have to come and show my love and respect too,” Bradley told the media during a fan signing event at the Leelin Bakery and Café in Cerritos last week.
Hundreds of fans lined up in front of the Filipino restaurant, bringing with them boxing gloves, shirts and fight photographs for Bradley’s autograph.
Bradley refused to cut the line amid an unexpected turn out of fans, insisting to stay on and sign the memorabilia of the last fan in the line. It took him around four hours to finish attending to his fan. Quite a commendable act, as most observers noted, that fans could not expect that their own Filipino boxing idol would do for them.
Aside from scribbling dedications and signatures on memorabilias, Bradley also gamely posed for picture-taking with the fans — even agreeing to do “stare downs” with some of them.
Bradley conducted the media interview while attending to his fans.
The American boxer also wished Pacquiao well on the latter’s bid to win a seat in the Senate of the Philippines.
“He is a good guy. He deserve to win and serve his people,” Bradley added.
After the fan signing moment, Bradley joined his wife Monica and their children inside the restaurant. The American boxer ate his food with bare hands, a customary trait among Filipinos, to the delight of his fans.
Bradley fought Pacquiao three times, winning the first one of one of them — although that win was widely perceived as manipulated. However, the boxer was able to win convincingly against distinguished boxers afterwards that subsequently led to a rematch with Pacquiao.
The Filipino fighter conclusively beat Bradley on the rematch and it became clear to the boxing fans on who was the better fighter between the two. This was one of the reasons why the recent Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas did not sell well to the boxing fans here.
Interestingly, Bradley convincingly beat Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, one of the very few fighters who ever gave Pacquiao hard time in the ring. Marquez fought Pacquaio four times and knocked out the Filipino champ on their fourth match.