By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Bradley, who earned a split decision against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, would ‘love’ to put his unbeaten record up against Mayweather. But there are many issues that could prevent a fight.
LAS VEGAS — Timothy Bradley’s conquest of Juan Manuel Marquez inspired the unbeaten world welterweight champion from Palm Springs to chase even greater glory.
“If a Floyd Mayweather fight could materialize, I’d love it,” Bradley (31-0) said late Saturday after beating Marquez by split decision at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Given the business relationships and years of hard feelings that exist, however, that’s a wish that seems unlikely.
Bradley’s promoter, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum, and Mayweather split on bitter terms last decade and haven’t worked together since. Top Rank’s biggest fights are on HBO, and world junior-middleweight champion Mayweather (45-0) is in a 30-month, multi-fight deal with rival Showtime.
“I know about all of it,” Bradley said Sunday. “I’ll talk to my promoter and my manager and still see if we can make it happen. I want to fight the top dog in boxing. We’ve got to try.”
Barring a Nov. 23 victory by Manny Pacquiao that could resurrect calls for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Bradley, 30, is clearly the best possible May opponent for Mayweather, whose best Showtime options are unbeaten junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia and former 140-pound champion Amir Khan.
Attempts to reach Mayweather and his advisors Sunday were unsuccessful.