Undefeated Timothy Bradley became one of the biggest villains in boxing after securing the WBO welterweight title via a controversial decision against Manny Pacquiao.
Bradley has had some problems dealing with the backlash he's received from angry Pacquiao fans since then, and it's even affected his motivation to train.
WBC Diamond middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez, has been around boxing a little longer that Bradley has, and he offered "Desert Storm" some advice during a recent interview with Chris Robinson.
"You need to have strong heart and critics don't have strong heart and you need to have a stronger heart than them," Martinez said. "They criticize because they don't have a life and it's very easy to criticize another person. They say a lot of good and bad, but I don't listen to either."
Martinez certainly makes some valid points, considering how irrational it is to blame Bradley for the way things went down on June 9. Pacquiao clearly won his fight against Bradley (I scored it 8-4 in favor of the "Pac Man"), but judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross are solely responsible for the poor decision.
Besides, Pacquiao has enjoyed a few controversial decisions in his favor over the years - most recently against Juan Manuel Marquez last year, so there is some irony in the way things went down against Bradley.
Like many in the boxing community, Martinez also thinks that Pacquiao was the rightful winner of his title clash against Bradley, but he's quick to point out the fact that the Filipino congressman has enjoyed some controversial decisions himself.
"I believe that Manny won," Martinez added. "The same way that Marquez beat Pacquiao."
Pacquiao is yet to decide who his next opponent will be, but he is expected to make a decision by Aug. 10. Miguel Cotto, Bradley, and Marquez seem to be the most likely candidates for his next fight.
Chris Robinson, "Sergio Martinez Tells Tim Bradley To Ignore Critics"
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