CERRITOS, Calif. – With a Jo Koy hat and his Philippine-inspired Crooks and Castle signature shirt, Timothy Bradley was all smiles as he greeted fans at Filipino restaurant Leelin Bakery in Cerritos–two weeks after losing to Manny Pacquiao.
“I call them family, they show so much love and support,” said Bradley. “Even when I went back home all the Filipino community where I live embraced me and showed a lot of love and respect.”
Bradley has been enjoying time off after losing to Pacquiao earlier this month. He plans on returning to the ring but has not eyed any potential opponents yet.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time with my kids and my wife and family, kind of just unwinding a bit,” he said. “Been eating everything in sight, been enjoying my life.”
Hundreds of fight fans, including many Filipinos came to meet the three-time Pacman opponent who enjoys Filipinos cuisine and does know one Filipino phrase.
“Mahal kita,” he said and the crowd cheered.
It wasn’t just a swipe of a pen or click of a camera. When Bradley holds meet and greets, he converses with fans.
“Just to see the champ here in my neighborhood is really cool,” said Mark Bijasa of Cerritos.
While he fought against the Pacman for 36 rounds over a six, the Desert Storm is now in the Pacman’s political corner, cheering on his ring rival in his senate race.
“I truly feel he deserves to be on the Senate,” said Bradley. “I truly feel he’ll do right by his country.”
After a long session, the prize fighter enjoyed a few of his Flipino favorites such as pancit. He even had some fresh lumpia, kamag-anak style.
Tim Bradley may have lost to Manny Pacquiao on the scorecards but after a few hours worth of selfies, autographs and priceless interactions, the five-time champion is not only showing that he’s a class act but he is also winning over the Filipino fight fans.