COMMENTARY | WBO welterweight champ Timothy Bradley may be getting ready for his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12, but bigger and better things can't help but float through his mind. A win over the legendary Mexican ring technician could open many doors for Bradley, including one that most boxing people consider permanently closed. Bradley, like every other fighter in the 140-154 lb. weight range, dreams of facing Floyd Mayweather in a big ticket, pay-per-view bonanza.
"If that fight ever materializes, heck yeah, I would love a shot at Mayweather," Bradley recently told members of the media. "I think I'm the only guy in boxing that's close to the weight class that can definitely give him a challenge. I feel I have the speed, I feel I have the movement and I think I have everything it takes to get in there and give Mayweather some problems."
But thoughts of Mayweather may be little more than a pipe dream for the two-division champ from Palm Springs, California.
Bradley is promoted by Top Rank while Mayweather is self-promoted and affiliated informally with Golden Boy Promotions. Top Rank and Golden Boy don't do business together these days and the animosity between Top Rank founder, Bob Arum and Mayweather is well-known.
Still, a man can dream. And, who knows, sometimes dreams come true.
If Bradley beats Marquez and a rematch with Manny Pacquiao doesn't materialize, the biggest bout for him would be a shot at the winner of Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov-a tough, tough assignment and not exactly what one would consider a money fight.
For Mayweather, the task of finding a viable next opponent is proving to be next to impossible. Bradley would fit the bill, both as a legitimate challenge and a bankable B-side.
They say that where there's a will, there's a way. In boxing, the saying should be that where there's a buck, someone will usually find a way. Stranger things have happened than for a truce to be called in a promotional turf war in order to make a bout that makes sense for both parties.
Bradley, who craves the challenge and the payday, would certainly be in favor of a temporary truce.
"It's going to be tough for whoever gets in the ring with this guy," Bradley said, "but I feel I'm the guy right now in this era that can probably get to him. The only guy. The only guy in the weight class."
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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
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