Manny Pacquiao complained after a 2004 fight that thin socks caused him problems (Chris Farina/Top Rank)
LAS VEGAS -- Last month, Timothy Bradley told Yahoo Sports that he injured his feet during his first bout with Manny Pacquiao because he did not wear socks.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach mocked Bradley about it and laughed when he heard Bradley said he did it because former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once went without socks.
"How stupid is that, to think that Tyson didn't wear socks when he fought?" Roach asked Yahoo Sports. "I trained Tyson and I know. He wore socks. He wore the low-cut kind and you couldn't see them inside his shoes, but he had them on. What's this guy thinking?"
Pacquiao laughed at questions about Bradley's lack of socks. But in his first fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, Pacquiao complained about the socks he wore that night.
In a blog he wrote for Top Rank after the draw with Marquez in Las Vegas, Pacquiao said the socks he wore were far too thin that they caused him blisters.
Toward the latter rounds, because I was wearing socks that were very thin, I had developed blisters on my feet making it very difficult for me to move as effectively as I had during the earlier rounds. I had to fight more flatfooted than we had trained. After the fight, when I took my boots off, my socks were worn through and they were very bloody.
Reggie Miller, Tim Bradley and Chris Webber (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)
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