LOS ANGELES - Tim Bradley is upset for being blamed for something he did not do.
Days after scoring a huge upset against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, the newly-crowned World Boxing Organization welterweight king has expressed utmost sadness over the recent turn of events as if he had committed a grave crime.
Speaking to the Desert Sun, his hometown paper in Palm Springs, California, Bradley said he feels sad that he and his team have been criticized for Pacquiao's loss as though it was their fault.
"It hasn't all freakin' smiles and happy faces," Bradley told Leighton Ginn, who was at press row at the MGM Grand over the weekend. "It's been a real draining experience. It's all good. It's nothing I can't handle. I'm over it."
Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz was even more eloquent.
"We are the victims here, man. People are attacking us like we had something to do with it. We had nothing to do with it. All we did was our job."
Bradley, who carved out a 12-round split decision, said he could not even afford to enjoy the fruits of his labor owing to the freak injury that he sustained in the fight.
Bradley injured his left ankle and right foot and lamented the fact that he couldn't even spend some time with his wife and kids.
"It's the weirdest thing because I've never been injured, I've never twisted both of my ankles and I've never been a wheelchair. It's killing me."
There is rematch clause that Bradley signed and the 28-year-old puncher is looking forward to giving the Filipino a chance to exact payback.
But it doesn't point to that on Nov. 10 as names like Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico have started to crop up as Pacquiao's next foe.
Rumor has it that Bradley might face Filipino veteran Dennis Laurente next.