By Chris Robinson
These days, we haven’t heard quite as much talk from two-division champion Timothy Bradley as we are accustomed to.
Having secured the highest-profile victory of his career when he pulled out a split-decision over Manny Pacquiao inside of the MGM Grand on June 9, the 29-year old Bradley has obviously done a lot of heavy thinking over the past few months.
While he had clamored for a rematch with Pacquiao, the eight-division champion from the Philippines instead was maneuvered towards a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez for Dec. 8, leaving Bradley with limited options.
And while a rematch with junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson had presented itself, Bradley opted to sit out the remainder of 2013 instead of gearing himself up for a second encounter with a man he had defeated handily nearly three years ago.
Bradley does appear to have a return date set for Feb. 9 but it seems to be the opponent being presented, once-beaten junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado, that is causing him some concern.
Alvarado is surely a capable fighter, as further evidenced by the courageous effort he gave against Brandon Rios last month, but the fact that he would lose the Fight of the Year contest by way of a 7th round TKO has seemed to turn Bradley off.
Speaking to me on Friday evening, Bradley had a lot to get off his chest, starting with the proposed duel with Alvarado.
“The last time I talked to Cameron [Dunkin], my manager, he said that they wanted me to face Mike Alvarado”, said Bradley. “What’s the point of that? That doesn’t make any sense to me. If Top Rank wants to make me happy, why not give me the fight with Rios? Why fight the guy that Rios beat? That makes no sense to me. No disrespect to Alvarado,” Bradley would continue. “He’s a great fighter, but he’s coming off a loss to Rios. Rios is a Top Rank fighter; so am I. I think that fight makes sense. Rios is one hell of a fighter; you can’t take nothing away from him…
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley said that skipping a Dec. 15 fight date is becoming more and more likely but that it will have nothing to do with the foot injuries he suffered in his last fight.
Bradley, a Cathedral City resident, said in an exclusive telephone interview Thursday morning that he has been training since the start of October and his foot is fine. But he felt it was important to respond to comments made by his promoter, Bob Arum.
Arum, in Los Angeles to promote Saturday’s HBO fights, told BoxingScene.com that Bradley could pass on fighting Dec. 15 because of the foot.
Bradley told The Desert Sun that he has not ruled out Dec. 15 yet, but said it is starting to look more unlikely. But Bradley began training at the start of the month with no issues with his foot and wanted to emphasize that.
“My foot is fine. I’ve been training for the past couple weeks,” Bradley said. “There’s nothing wrong with my foot.
“I’ll be back getting my sexy back, my swag back and I’ll be ready for anyone they have.”
What hasn’t been working out for Bradley is the leading candidate to fight him, a rematch against Lamont Peterson. In 2009 at The Show inside Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino in Rancho Mirage, Bradley dominated Peterson and nearly shut him out on the judges’ scorecards.
DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – The current WBO Welterweight World Champion Tim Bradley is being honored Wednesday on Fountain Square for his commitment to community service.
Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and The Ndukwe Foundation will present “Meet the Champ” at noon.
Bradley, who holds an undefeated record, beat Manny Pacquiao in June for the Welterweight title.
The Ndukwe Foundation, founded by former Bengals player Chinedum Ndukwe, is hosting Bradley as he tours various schools, community centers, and Boys & Girls Clubs around the city to discuss the importance of good decision-making and healthy living.
Councilman Sittenfeld will be presenting Bradley with an official Proclamation honoring his service to the community and efforts to inspire Cincinnati’s youth to make good decisions. “We’re delighted that The Champ has come to Cincinnati to offer a positive message to our young people,” Sittenfeld said. “I hope his visit inspires many of our youth to go on to achieve great accomplishments of their own.”
The event is free and open to the public and attendees will have an opportunity to meet Bradley after brief remarks.