By Rob Smith: Trainer Freddie Roach says he wished that his fighter Manny Pacquiao had selected WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley to fight next instead of facing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time when they meet on December 8th. Roach has made it clear in the past that Marquez is a really tough fight for Pacquiao and he doesn’t see anything to be gained from fighting him yet another time after having already faced him three separate times.
By Rob Smith: A fight between interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KO’s) and WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) is being negotiated between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank for December 15th in a venue still to be determined. If this fight can be put together it’ll be one of the rare recent occasions where the two rival promotional companies can work together.
Guerrero, who is very eager to get a big money fight, said on his twitter page on Monday “I want Tim Bradley, period! Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya make it happen! Fans want it, HBO Boxing wants it! No reason for it not to happen.”
It’s sad this may be the closest thing that Guerrero has gotten during his career to a big fight, and you can’t really call this a big fight, at least not compared to the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
By Rob Smith: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be back in the ring on December 15th in a fight that will be taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York against one of three possible opponents, according to RingTV. One of the guys that the 28-year-old Bradley could be facing is #2 WBO light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s).
That’s not exactly appealing choice for Bradley, because he was hoping he could get a big named opponent to fight him next. However, he was passed over by Manny Pacquiao due to a number of factors, one of which was the low PPV totals that his fight with Pacquiao brought in last June.
Provodnikov has been underwhelming against journeyman like DeMarcus Corley and contender Mauricio Herrera. Provodnikov lost to Herrera, and I thought he deserved to lose to Corley last December. It’s a winnable fight for Bradley, and it should guarantee that he’ll be available for a fight agaisnt Pacquiao next year if his promoter Bob Arum is interested in putting him in with Pacquiao.
By Marcus Richardson: Tim Bradley is now officially out of the running for a mega fight against Manny Pacquiao for December 8th. Bradley had to wait around for months to finally discover that he’s not going to get the fight. Needless to say he’s not happy about being passed over by Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum for the big money rematch. However, Bradley is now hoping to hit the ground running by getting an even better money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
By Marcus Richardson: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley is less than pleased with the news that Manny Pacquiao won’t be fighting him next in a rematch to try and avenge his loss to Bradley from last June. Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum have chosen to go with a proven pay per view money maker in 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez for Pacquiao’s next fight on December 8th.
Bradley told the Desert Sun at mydesert.com “I can’t believe these guys. He didn’t want any part of me. Marquez is an easier fight. He knows that a fight with me and two good legs are going to be hell…Any champion who lost his belt, you would want to redeem yourself.”
In fairness to Pacquiao, he probably does want to avenge his loss to Bradley, but it’s not just Pacquiao making the decisions here. It’s a team process and and I think he realized after hearing the arguments from his fellow team members that it was simply more logical to go with Marquez because of his potential to draw in more PPV buys from his large Mexican fanbase. Bradley still doesn’t have a large fanbase and it’s going to take a while for him and Arum to build one up.
By Rob Smith: Tim Bradley Sr., the father of WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s), feels that Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) got a lucky break last June when Bradley injured his leg in their fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Bradley still ended up winning the fight anyway by a 12 round split decision, Bradley Sr. feels that his son would have knocked Pacquiao out had he been fighting on two good legs in that fight.
Bradley Sr. said to Examiner.com writer Chris Robinson “I feel that Pacquiao would have got knocked the h*ll out if my son would have been able to shift the power on either leg but he could not do that.”
Bradley showed little in the way of power in that fight, and it pretty clear to most boxing fans that Pacquiao was the much harder hitter of the two. However, Bradley has shown some decent power in past fights against the likes of Lamont Peterson and Joel Casmayor. But Bradley has never been a huge puncher and it’s doubtful that even with two good legs working for him that he’d have been able to knock out the 33-year-old Pacquiao in that fight.
By Rob Smith: With Manny Pacquiao possibly ready to make his pick this weekend for his December 8th fight, it’s expected that 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez will selected by Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum for his next fight. However, this leaves Pacquiao’s recent conqueror WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) out in the cold with no opponent for his next fight. Bradley intentionally waited all this time to see if Pacquiao would want to fight him and he’s now on the verge of having nothing to show for it.
Miguel Cotto won’t be around to fight Bradley, and if he was he wouldn’t waste time fighting this guy. Bradley is going to have to look to defend his World Boxing Organization strap against the best possible contender, unless he’s interested in milking his title agaisnt the lowest rank WBO contender in order to have a better chance of holding onto the WBO strap long enough to get another shot at fighting Pacquiao.
There only a limited amount of options in Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable, meaning that Bradley is almost guaranteed a shot against Pacquiao at some point in the future as long as Bradley remains with Top Rank. Arum likes to put together in house fights with he matches Pacquiao, so Bradley should be getting a crack at the Filipino fighter at some point next year.
By Marcus Richardson: Manny Pacquiao’s options are now greatly limited after Miguel Cotto announced that he’ll be fighting WBA World light middleweight champion Austin Trout on December 1st at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum now much choose from Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) for Pacquiao’s upcoming fight in December. It’s not even a choice, is it? Arum wants to maximize his fighter Pacquiao’s payday and it seems pretty clear that the only option they have if they want to do that is to fight 39-year-old Marquez next.
Who knows how many more fights Pacquiao has in him, so it kind of makes sense for Arum to be looking to squeeze every last cent out of the remaining fights of his Filipino star’s career because the Pacquiao train seems to be slowing down now that he’s showing signs of aging.
Marquez would be smart to jump on the Cotto news and demand a bigger slice of the revenue for a Pacquiao fight, because there’s really not many options for Pacquiao now. To be sure, Pacquiao can take the Bradley rematch, make less money for himself and Arum, and possibly get beaten again if Bradley uses movement and a more consistent attack. With Pacquiao limited to fighting hard in the last 20 seconds of every round, Bradley would have a good chance of beating him again.
By Rob Smith: Big money makers Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto are in a good position to land the November 10th fight against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto and Marquez are sitting pretty due to their previous big pay per view bouts with Pacquiao. One of those two guys are looking good for Pacquiao’s next fight. The fighter that is likely on the outs is Tim Bradley, who because of the low PPV results from his recent win over Pacquiao last June, will have a hard time getting a rematch with him.
If you look at the numbers for their fights with Pacquiao it’s pretty obvious that the only choice for Pacquiao is Cotto or Marquez instead of Bradley. Pacquiao’s win over Cotto in 2009 drew 1.2 million PPV buys, whereas Pacquiao’s recent loss to Bradley brought in only 700,000 buys. Pacquiao’s fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last November hauled in a huge 1.4 million buys. Those are very good numbers, almost as good as the 1.5 million buys that Floyd Mayweather Jr. got for his fight against Cotto last May.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is concerned about wanting to make as much money as possible for Pacquiao’s next fight, and he would be taking a giant risk if he decides to put him back in with his Top Rank fighter Bradley for a rematch. 700,000 isn’t a bad number, especially when it’s an in house fight for Arum, but I’m sure he’d much rather get twice that number for a Pacquiao-Cotto or Pacquiao-Marquez rematch.
By James Slater: Unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight king Tim Bradley, still waiting on signing for a follow up fight to his life changing, controversial win over superstar Manny Pacquiao, might now be more interested in taking a bout with Floyd Mayweather Junior compared to a return with Pac-Man.