Around 7 p.m. last night, a Facebook page claiming to be Timothy Bradley, Jr.'s posted this update.
The page followed up this morning with an update:
Alongside the screed, whoever's running the account posted this picture of Bradley with Bob Arum.
Let us count the ways in which this is obviously not true:
1. The page's first posts came yesterday, in the wake of Bradley's career-capping win over Pacquiao.
3. Bradley hasn't tweeted since before the fight.
4. He claims to be joining a boxing promoter named "Draxor," which a link to a Facebook page.
The Draxor bio is particularly laughable:
Amir Khan and David Haye are both managed by Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. And there's no trace of anyone named "Draxor" in the annals of boxing history. In fact, the only place you get from googling "Draxor" is to this Facebook — which, curiously, has 8,000 likes despite no posts or activity — and a Reddit user page.
And that profile picture?
Pretty well known as a symbol of Anonymous, which isn't exactly known for being a huge player in boxing.
But yet, the post has generated plenty of discussion:
So what the hell is going on here? Presumably, someone decided to have a little fun with a topic that the public is currently obsessed with. (Someone who likes Runescape, whatever that is — it's listed as an interest of Timothy Bradley.) What's even more interesting is that this obviously fake account, authentic only in the most surface and casual details, has managed to confuse so many people.
So far, the post announcing his "new management" has nearly 4,500 likes, 1,000 shares, and 430 comments. The follow-up post has 251 likes, 75 shares, and 55 comments. Plenty of users are posting sincere questions and comments on the wall. And "Bradley" is interacting with them, meaning that the subterfuge has begun to move both ways.
I've messaged both Bradley and Draxor asking why they created the ruse. I'll update the post if I hear back.