Bradley's Trainer to Floyd Mayweather: 50-50 Take it or Leave it.Written by Richard V. Powell
According to Tim Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz, training camp is going is extremely well and both men are as confident as ever the fighter known as "Desert Storm" will lift the WBO Welterweight title from Manny Pacquiao on June 9th.
A confident Diaz stated that following his fighter's upset of Pacquiao, Team Bradley will pursue a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr in November, provided "Money" defeats Miguel Cotto May 5th.
"I believe my fighter is the only man on the planet who can beat Floyd Mayweather," Joel Diaz uttered. "Just like I said with Manny Pacquiao, he's only human and anyone can beat him with the right plan."
And Team Bradley is apparently already letting the world know their man, after defeating the mighty Pacquiao, won't be bullied or low-balled in negotiations with the braggadocious, controversial Mayweather. Referring to Pacquiao earlier this year as 'not the sharpest tool in the shed,' Floyd offered Manny $40 million for a bout most insiders believe would generate upwards of $120 million or more.
Like Team Pacquiao, Joel Diaz insists Team Bradley will not accept 30% of the overall revenue for a Floyd Mayweather vs. Tim Bradley bout nor will they negotiate with any offer that's remotely close to that figure.
"Tell Floyd Mayweather it's 50-50. Take it or leave it," trainer Diaz said.
But why should Tim Bradley expect an even split when Mayweather's opponents typically allow him to keep a lion's share of the purse as a result of the tremendous revenue Floyd's bouts generate? After all, last September Victor Ortiz was promised at least $2 million for his fight with Floyd Mayweather while the "Money" man's guarantee was $25 million.
"You have to remember, this is after we beat Pacquiao. This is after 24/7 shows the world who Tim Bradley really is. I think so many people will be interested in seeing my fighter after he beats Pacquiao. Tim Bradley will become a superstar overnight, "asserted Diaz.
Regardless of how popular Tim Bradley becomes, Diaz expects Team Mayweather to attempt to undercut their man at the negotiating table should fight talks develop. Nevertheless, the trainer still gives Floyd high praise for his skills, athleticism and overall accomplishments in the sport.
"I have to respect Floyd Mayweather. He's one of the greatest fighters of all time. I respect him. He has the fastest feet in boxing. He moves so quickly you punch and then he isn't there."
But Joel Diaz remained firm in his assertion Tim Bradley would best Floyd Mayweather if the pugilists met in the ring.
"I'm telling you right now... Tim can beat Mayweather. After Pacquiao, we'll sit down and come up with a strategy to win the fight. Hey, you never know, Floyd Mayweather might want to protect his undefeated record and avoid Tim. If we do fight him, we will be coming to win. I know Tim can beat him."
Diaz also reminded fans that Floyd Mayweather won't be Tim's sole lucrative option, perhaps hinting Team Bradley would consider accepting rematches with Pacquiao or Peterson or pursue bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez or Amir Khan if Floyd Mayweather's rejects Bradley's challenge or prices himself out of the market.
If Tim Bradley wins June 9, he'll have quite a few lucrative options.
"If Mayweather doesn't want to deal fairly with us, that's fine. There are plenty of other fighters out there," Diaz said.
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