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Bradley hits big time vs. Pacquiao

Years of toil finally pay off for 140-pound champ with Saturday's fight

Updated: June 8, 2012, 12:37 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Even when Timothy Bradley Jr. was just another anonymous fighter, boxing in six-round bouts in hotel ballrooms in Corona, Calif., in the early days of his career, he always had faith that he would make it to the big time of the sport.

"I knew someday I would be here," Bradley confidently said on Wednesday. "But I didn't know how long [it would take]. I knew it would be a long way, a long journey to get here."

Now, the journey is complete.

Not only has Bradley ...

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