QUOTE (daprofessor @ Dec 30 2011, 07:23 PM)
i totally disagree with this...Peterson
bradley has been on a pretty good run since his win over junior witter. he's beat some solid opposition along the way.
peterson, abregu and alexander were all undefeated when he beat them. alexander was touted as one of the two best at 140(bradley being the other) when he beat him. that, imo, made him the man at 140. his wins over campbell, holt and casamayor are very respectable as well. khan barely got by maidana....and his win over zab and the european dude don't measure up to what bradley has done. i won't even get into his recent loss to peterson....but at this point i think it is very fair to say that bradley, with/without a title, stands alone at 140 so that should qualify him as a guy in a very short line of possible opponents for pac or mayweather. especially when u consider that guys like clottey, margarito and shane did nothing to deserve their shots at pac. if victor ortiz' beating berto was enough to get him the shot at mayweather....than bradley standing alone at 140 should be enough to get him that same shot.
now whether he can beat pac or mayweather is a different story. i think he beats pac but loses to mayweather, but i could see him giving mayweather a run for his money.
- nope...relatively unknown, though Bradley's performance was decentAlexander
- bad fight, but I guess we can blame that on Devon for not wanting go toe-to-toe, or execute his own game plan for that matter
I agree...Khan hasn't done much (opposition wise), but he definitely has what it takes to land a Mayweather fight. The Peterson fight DID set him back though. Again, Khan has a decent U.S. fan base (hate him or love him, viewers are viewers), he has Roach/Ariza/Pac to lean on as far as star power, and he has a foreign fan base and negotiating chips (UK money split). Does Bradley have a famous team to lean on for popularity? Nope. Fan base? Nope. Negotiating chips? Nope.
Sometimes the bigger draw may have to sacrifice taking a cut from their purse, in order to fight a guy who's relatively unknown. If they are willing to do that, then guys like Bradley will get a shot. Bradley's biggest chance to land a Pac fight, lies in the hands of Arum.
As far as him standing alone at 140, you're right, he stands alone. He stands alone as being one of the "high anticipated" 140 lber with no fan base and a false sense of entitlement when it comes to purse splits
Again, as I've recently stated, if he has two goods fights at 140 with either, JMM, Guerrero, Matthysse, Morales, or Garcia, then I will give him the credit that he feels he deserves.
QUOTE (daprofessor @ Dec 30 2011, 07:33 PM)
u make some good points...but the one about not selling ppv's is not one that i agree with. so, because a guy might be unknown to the public...or he has a bad promoter....he shouldn't get a shot? even if he's put in the work? imagine if that mindset was used to avoid a guy like maidana or sergio martinez. neither guy is a big ticket seller....but both are exciting action packed fighters who i love to watch fight. but let's say they weren't...do we just leap frog a guy because he doesn't have a crowd pleasing style? are we supposed to act like very skilled fighters don't exist? i cringe at the thought of how the great ray robinson or pernell whitaker might be treated in todays boxing world. thank god they came when they did...we may have never heard about them ever. the problem now is that ppv has become the measure of success in boxing. it shouldn't be.
You're absolutely right about PPV being the measure of success in the sport...thats about 90% correct. It sucks, but hey, what can we do? I guess the responsibility of being unknown and not getting a shot, for the most part, falls on the promoter, but the ring appeal is always left up to the fighter. If you look at it, you just named two fighters who are mostly avoided in the sport. LOL