CATHEDRAL CITY — In an exclusive interview with The Desert Sun, WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley said while he still hasn’t seen a contract for his fight June 9 against Manny Pacquiao, he can confirm it is a sure thing.
“I haven’t signed anything, but we’re negotiating that,” Bradley said. “They’ll get back to me by the end of the week or Monday or Tuesday next week, and we should finalize things shortly. It’s just minor details on the contract.”
The fight will have Bradley, a three-time champion in the light welterweight division, moving up a weight class to face Pacquiao, one of boxing’s most well-known superstars who has been a champion in eight different divisions. Pacquiao is an icon in his native Philippines, where he is a congressman. Bradley laughed at the notion of fighting his first politician. “I always wanted to do something like that,” Bradley said laughing. “Nah, I’m just kidding. I’m just happy Manny wants to fight me. It’s an honor. I definitely earned this in every way and I’m just excited. I’m not only excited to fight him, but I want to win. That’s the big thing. I want to win.”
Bradley (28-0) will face Pacquiao (54-3-2) on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The bout will be for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown. For Bradley, it’s the fulfillment of a long-standing dream of being the main event fighter in a major Las Vegas event…