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Tim Bradley to fight on March 16th

Timothy BradleyBy Allan Fox: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his title on March 16th, according to his promoter Bob Arum. He’s not saying who his opponent will be, so it’s anyone’s guess who winds up with him.

Arum said to “Tim Bradley’s fight on March 16th. They’re finalizing his opponent in the next few days.”

Bradley ended up wasting a great deal of time waiting to see if Manny Pacquiao was going to show interest in a rematch. Pacquiao instead opted to face Juan Manuel Marquez. Bradley had the chance to fight Lamont Peterson, but he chose not to take that fight. When Bradley does get back in the ring to fight it’ll have been 9 months since he last fought in beating Pacquiao by a questionable decision in June of last year.

Bradley isn’t going to help himself if he stays inactive for long periods of time. This seems to be a trend for Bradley, because after he beat Devon Alexander by a 10 round technical decision in January 2011, Bradley didn’t fight until 10 months later in defeating 40-year-old Joel Casamayor by an 8th round TKO win in November 2011. Bradley then sat out of action for 7 months until fighting Pacquiao.

The options for Bradley’s March 16th fight are among these fighters:

Jan Zaveck
Lamont Peterson
Bethel Ushona
Shawn Porter
Mike Jones

None of those are great fights. Bradley wants to get the big money fights against Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Unfortunately, his fighting style and his lack of a fan base will likely keep him from getting another fight against Pacquiao. A fight against Mayweather is highly unlikely because Bradley fights for Top Rank and Mayweather very rarely fights Top Rank fighters, and I can’t see him making an exception in this case, even though it would probably be an easy fight for Mayweather.

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