Bradley: Pacquiao didn’t want any part of me
By Chris Williams: A rejected WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) wasn’t happy at learning that the Filipino Manny Pacquiao will be facing Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch on December 8th in Las Vegas instead of fighting him again to try and avenge his loss to Bradley from last June.
Bradley said to Mydesert.com “I can’t believe these guys. He [Pacquiao] didn’t want any part of me. Marquez is an easier fight. He knows that a fight with me and two good legs is going to be hell. I can’t believe it. Any champion who lost his belt, you would want to redeem yourself.”
I guess it’s safe to say that Pacquiao isn’t like any other fighter. He’s got the boxing public saying that he won that fight with Bradley and that gives Pacquiao plenty of cover to choose not to fight Bradley on December 8th, and possibly to never fight him again period. Unless his promoter Bob Arum twists his arm into fighting Bradley again after the Marquez-Pacquiao 4 fight, I don’t see a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch happening.
Arum wants to maximize profits as much as possible with Pacquiao only having a limited number of fights left in his career. Arum probably isn’t going to want to lose out on a some cash by putting Pacquiao back in with Bradley and risk having Bradley box circles around the lead-footed Pacquiao. Age is creeping in for the Filipino and Arum needs to get while the getting is good.
Whether Pacquiao beats Marquez or not in December, Arum is probably going to look to match Pacquiao up with first Floyd Mayweather Jr. next. If that fight can’t be made due to Pacquiao and Arum asking for a 50-50 purse split, then Arum will then likely look to match Pacquiao up with Miguel Cotto in a rematch. That one will make a ton of money still, although not nearly as much cash as a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would. The Cotto rematch will come at a price, however, for the Filipino because he’ll have to agree to fighting Cotto at 154 lbs for that fight to happen.
At that weight, Pacquiao take some serious punishment win or lose. He’s going to get beaten up a lot in that fight and it won’t be pretty. Pacquiao can’t move like he used to when he beat Cotto three years ago, and his hand speed is slower. Cotto won’t be shocked at Pacquiao’s speed anymore and he won’t weight drained by one of Pacquiao’s catchweight handicaps. I see Pacquiao taking a god awful beating in that fight. It’s going to be brutal, but look at the bright side, Arum and Pacquiao will make a ton of cash. I just hope Pacquiao is still cogent afterwards.