I cringed several times during this fight. I Cant believe Bradley finished it. It was one of the most brutal fights I've ever seen. Tim Bradley left a bit of himself in the ring. His wife and mother may be the ones who tell him its quitin' time. It was that bad. I can absolutely see him calling it quits. The post fight interview said enough for me. I think this beating was worse than the one Cotto took against Margarito. Cotto could walk in a straight line after the fight. Bradley was walking crooked after that fight. I was happy to see him win, but felt bad at the cost of the win.
I have to agree with CShel and some others. Isn't the potential for quitting after one tough fight a little premature? Bradley shocked us by giving us a near classic type of brawl. I don't think he should quit after one fight. These are the kind of fights that are going to resurrect HBO's dying fan and subscription base. The public wants wars like this. I know that there's a flip-side that wars shorten careers, but its almost the kind of thing we need in our sport to get people interested in boxing and talking about boxing,away from their MMA mindsets. Bradley hasn't been a household name to do that. However, now people are talking more about the great fight they saw with the "Russian Rocky" instead of putting Tim in a negative light as the guy who got this huge Christmas gift against Pacquiao in an undeserved split decision win.
Give him at least six month off and lets see what happens for his future plans. It would be more realistic to assess this at that time. Holyfield fought for decades, alternating between wars with smaller fighters, and with the STRONG exception of the Bowe Trillogy. had some boring fights against bigger taller guys. (Lewis I and II) Tim reminds me of a mini Holyfield in looks, fighting spirit, and now we know he can brawl with heart or box very well. Holyfield could be stunned badly when he brawled against unknowns i,e (Bert Cooper) I wonder if Tim's people took the big Russian too lightly? Did Bradley not train as well as he would have, if this had been a big name fighter? One way or the other, he will learn from this in a big way, but needs a solid six months to a year break.