As he readies for his June 9 HBO pay-per-view fight with Manny Pacquiao, undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley will share some thoughts each week.
In this installment, Bradley discusses with HBO his take on critics who thought he should have taken the Amy Khan fight.
Q: How does it feel getting this fight after being criticized for not taking the Amir Khan fight? Did you know this fight was coming at the time? Were you willing to take all that negativity just to get this fight with Pacquiao?
Timothy Bradley: In boxing, criticism is part of the game. You hear it before, during and after every fight. I have learned to let it roll off me like water off a duck's back.
Experience told me that the timing for the Amir Khan fight was wrong. I had already fought and won two world title unification fights against Kendall Holt and Devon Alexander. Both were big victories, but because of the timing of when they took place I didn't realize the full financial potential that I feel ...