If Manny Pacquiao Isn't Next, Timothy Bradley Wants Bitter Foe Amir KhanWritten by Lee Cleveland
If Manny Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez next, Timothy Bradley will likely set his sights on Amir Khan - a fighter he loathes.
Pacquiao vs Bradley II - Not Looking Good
According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, newly-crowned WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley may not have an immediate rematch with fight legend Manny Pacquiao... At least not right away.
Arum recently told BoxingScene, "I don't want to do a rematch. This fight was a one-sided fight. If it had been scored properly, 10-2 or 9-3 [in rounds], who would be asking for a rematch? – Nobody. Just because these officials screwed up, that doesn't justify a rematch."
Public outrage over the controversial decision rendered for Pacquiao vs Bradley has been intense and Manny's most ardent supporters would love nothing more than for their hero to exact revenge by silencing the brash-talking Californian once and for all.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley claim to want an immediate rematch and the "revenge factor" and ensuing controversy following the decision would certainly generate widespread interest in a Pacquiao vs Bradley sequel in November but Pacquiao vs Marquez IV, instead, is seemingly more likely.
Mayweather vs Bradley – Probably Not (Yet)
Given Floyd Mayweather's 90 day, mid-year stint in jail, it's not likely he'll fight again until 2013. And when or if he returns to the ring, Floyd will likely fight Sergio Martinez or Saul Alvarez if deliberations with Team Pacquiao fail once again.
Enter: Amir Khan
Earlier this week, Timothy Bradley told BoxingScene.com that if Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr aren't immediately available, he'll pursue a superfight with arch nemesis Amir Khan.
Although currently a jr welterweight, Khan has been planning a move to welterweight for over a year and would have already moved north had he not lost his titles to Lamont Peterson in December.
Looking to exit the jr welterweight division as a world champion, Amir Khan will face WBC Jr Welterweight titleholder Danny "Swift" Garcia on July 14th, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
"I prefer fighting Pac Man again or Floyd but if they are not available I would not have a problem getting (Lamont) Peterson's sloppy seconds!" Bradley told BoxingScene.com.
Bradley's "sloppy seconds" reference, symbolic of the disdain Bradley still has for Khan, was an obvious poke at the Brit's controversial split decision loss to Peterson, a fighter Bradley dominated three years ago.
The bad blood that exists between Tim Bradley and Amir Khan started last year and seemingly hasn't dissipated with time.
Last Spring, then WBA Jr Welterweight Champion Amir Khan and his trainer, Freddie Roach, unsuccessfully tried to entice then WBC/WBO Jr Welterweight Champion Tim Bradley into agreeing to a ring match-up that would have been a unification clash of champions.
Unbeknownst to many at the time, Bradley was looking to sign a long-term promotional deal with either Golden Boy Promotions or Top Rank and had seemingly put fighting on hold until his business matters had been taken care of.
Nevertheless, Khan and Roach were relentless in their attempt to lure Bradley into a fight, hurling innuendo and personal insults at the Californian for weeks via Twitter and the media until they finally pursued other options.
Although Khan and Bradley had moved on, the Brit stoked the fire months later when he told Tim to "grow a pair" as the fighters crossed paths as attendees at a boxing match.
"I was like... what did he say? I turned around and he was gone. He couldn't tell me to my face," uttered Bradley.
The public insults rubbed Tim the wrong way and created a heated situation that both Bradley and his trainer, Joel Diaz, would love to see settled in the ring.
Bradley told FightSaga earlier this year:
He (Freddie Roach) can say whatever he wants to say, man. I do my talking in the ring. I will say this though... Amir Khan don't want no part of me man. If I ever get in the ring with him... Oh man. I mean, this guy's gonna get it...I'd do that one for free."
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Khan to Bradley: Grow a pair!
After FightSaga's interview with Tim Bradley, Amir Khan reaffirmed his feelings towards 'Desert Storm' in an interview with FightHype earlier this year:
"He's (Bradley) fighting my gym mate, Manny Pacquiao, and who knows, in the future, the fight (Bradley vs Khan) might happen," he added. "But now, because I offered him the fight, if he gets knocked out by Manny Pacquiao, I don't think he'll be worth me fighting because I don't want leftovers to be honest with you.
Khan continued, "He knows I told him to grow some balls. Everyone knows I told him that, and you know what? I don't think he has any because he just walked off."
Timothy Bradley vs Amir Khan... Will promotional companies Top Rank and Golden Boy, bitter rivals themselves, make it happen?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.