COMMENTARY | Timothy Bradley may not fight on December 15th as planned, but it has nothing to do a lingering foot injury as promoter Bob Arum had suggested the other day.
Bradley has taken considerable heat since winning the WBO welterweight title in controversial fashion from Manny Pacquiao last June and was looking forward to a chance to reaffirm his victory while earning another big pay day. Unfortunately for the Palm Springs native, Pacquiao opted not to exercise his rematch clause and, instead, decided on a fourth encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez.
This move left Bradley without an opponent and without many options. In the vacuum, Arum inserted Lamont Peterson in the opponent pool, hitting on a possible Bradley-Peterson bout on December 15th at Florida Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. It would be a rematch of a 2009 junior welterweight bout between the two that, while fairly entertaining, ultimately resulted in a one-sided unanimous decision in Bradley's favor.
Then, Arum revealed that Bradley-Peterson might not happen after all.
"It may be his foot or whatever, but he may wait until next year to fight," Arum told the media.
Well, yesterday, Bradley talked with The Desert Sun to straighten out a couple of things.
"My foot is fine; I've been training for the past couple weeks," Bradley said. "There's nothing wrong with my foot."
Bradley would go on to say that the real reason behind possibly killing the December 15th date is the opponent selection.
"Another thing I want people to know, and no disrespect to Peterson, but I've already been down that road," Bradley told reporter, Leighton Ginn. "I think a rematch with him doesn't make sense at all. I think that's another thing people need to know and realize."
Rumors of possible clashes with Andre Berto and Robert Guerrero may have been nothing more than rumors since signing such fights with Berto and Guerrero would put Arum in contact with the promoter's two biggest, most hated rivals, manager/advisor Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions, respectively.
Now, so late in the game there's almost no choice but to sit out the rest of the year.
While Bradley had nothing to do with the lousy scoring issued on his behalf in the Pacquiao fight, he seems to be the only one really paying any consequences for it. With a promoter content on playing small ball with him and/or allowing him to simply sit on the sidelines, it makes one wonder whether Bradley regrets the day he ever put pen to Top Rank paper. Was the one Pacquiao payday worth the stress, aggravation, and career roadblocks it brought up?
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and a close follower of the sport for more than 30 years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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