Undefeated American boxer Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley told Yahoo Sports that the reason why he injured his feet was because he wasn’t wearing socks during the first fight with the Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) was on a wheelchair pushed by an assistant when he arrived at the post fight conference. That’s how bad the result was, for not wearing socks.
“That’s what happened in the first fight. I’m going to wear socks in this rematch, I can tell you that.” Bradley said.
Bradley said he went without socks while he was training at his gym, and he stuck of doing the same during the fight but said the difference was in the firmness of the mats.
“My ring has a lot harder surface, real firm, and I was able to do it, I was able to do it and it felt really good and I tried it out. It worked. I was able to grab onto the canvas well and it was comfortable for me, so I decided to stick with it during the fight.” Bradley said.
Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) who will face Bradley in a rematch on April had the same ‘socks’ story.
On March 2008 Pacquiao scored three knockdowns in the first round against Marquez on their first fight. He think that in the second round if he throw more hard lefts he will finished Marquez. But because he become too impatient and simply throwing lefts; he missed them and made Marquez recuperate.
Pacquiao, in his HBO, Yahoo! Sports feature special diary revealed that, “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.” said Pacquiao.