Timothy Bradley Calls Out Hatton-Pacquiao Winner, Juan Manuel Marquez

05.04.09 - by James Slater - Timothy Bradley, the man who got up from two knockdowns to out-point Kendal Holt in Canada last night- in so doing becoming the unified WBC and WBO 140-pound champ - wasted no time calling out his next opponent. Like many other fighters at or around the light-welterweight limit, "Desert Storm" wants very much to fight the winner of May 2nd's huge Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao clash.

Speaking post-fight last night to commentator Dave Bontempo, Bradley, now 24-0(11) made it clear he is ready for the mega fights from here on in..

"I want the big dogs," a victorious Bradley said after winning his UD over Holt. "I want the winner of Hatton and Pacquiao, definitely. If I can't get them, I want [Juan Manuel] Marquez. I want to be the star of the [light-welterweight] division."

No-one can blame the 25-year-old who hails from Palm Springs for asking for such fights; but will he get them? An excellent fighter, Bradley is fast, he always comes to fight, and he has real heart - while his superb conditioning makes sure his stamina levels have no problem taking him 12 hard-fought rounds. As he showed last night in the very first round, Bradley also has remarkable recuperative powers. Decked by a hurtful left hand by Holt in the opening round, Bradley looked in real trouble. Instead, he bounced back up instantly and was both clear-eyed and, he later claimed, clear-headed.

Bradley now also has additional bargaining power, what with the two belts around his waist. All this considered, though, will Hatton, Pacquiao or Marquez look in his direction? Bradley wants to become a star and a true great. To do this he must fight and beat the type of top names he called for. A personable guy whose friendly demeanour is not in keeping with his fearsome attitude when he's in the ring, Bradley might just have the stuff needed to become a star. Not a huge puncher, but all-action inside the ropes nonetheless, the shaven-headed warrior may be the type of boxer the fans really warm to from now on.

Willing to travel, as he has shown (fighting in both the U.K and Canada), Bradley just wants the chance to prove his worth. And Hatton and Pacquiao aside, he might be the best in the world right now at 140. Fighting against, and beating guys like like Nate Campbell, Andriy Kotelnik and the awkward Junior Witter (in a rematch) would certainly get more people on his side when it comes to who the best super-lightweight is today, but only a win over a Pacquiao or a Hatton would solidify his superiority.

Bradley deserves his chance to become a genuine star; maybe May 2nd's winner will give him that chance.

Article posted on 05.04.2009

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