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Tim Bradley: Give Me Brandon Rios, Not The Guy He Beat!

BOXINGSCENE.COM | November 17, 2012

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…

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