Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bradley-Pacquiao bout grows likelier


source: Leighton Ginn | MyDesert.com

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather announced Wednesday he will fight WBA super welterweight Miguel Cotto, leaving Cathedral City boxer Timothy Bradley as the lone logical candidate to fight the sport's other big name, Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather was working on a mega-fight with Pacquiao for weeks. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight couldn't be made, he would select from four other fighters, which included Cotto and Bradley, the WBO light welterweight champion.

The other two fighters being considered are WBA and IBF champion Lamont Peterson and Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez. But Arum announced earlier this week that a fight between Marquez and Peterson is in the works for May or June.

Bradley, 28, long has coveted a fight against Pacquiao, considered one of the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world with Mayweather. Last fall, Bradley signed with Arum and Top Rank to improve his chances to fight the Filipino superstar.

If Bradley secures the fight with Pacquiao, it would be June 9, likely at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, told ESPN.com that one concern about a fight with Bradley is his tendency to lead with his head, a situation that could be exacerbated because of how sloppy fights can be between a right-hander such as Bradley and a lefty like Pacquiao.


“I've watched a couple of Bradley's fights and he's a skilled fighter but my only concern is he has comes in with his head and when you have a left-hander against a right-hander head butts happen even more,” Koncz said.

Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN.com that a Bradley vs. Pacquiao fight would be attractive.

“I think it's a very interesting fight. Bradley is a really good boxer, very skilled in the 140-pound division,” duBoef said. “Manny is a small welterweight and the guys match up really well. It's a really solid fight. Our job as promoters is to get people to know Bradley. That was one of the reasons we put him on Manny's card in November, to start that process, to get him out there and start building the Tim Bradley brand. His skills have been fantastic, but when you're not under the right guidance they don't get exposed, and that's what we excel at.”

Watch our live chat with Tim Bradley from November of last year.