QUOTE (daprofessor @ Apr 6 2012, 01:52 PM)
i don't totally agree. u have to put this in perspective. at the beginning...bradley, alexander and maidana sat on top of the division. khan had just made his move to 140. bradley separated himself from the pack with his victory over alexander. make no mistake about it...alexander quit because he knew what was coming. khan fought maidana and that created more questions than answers. khan picking up his second strap from judah was about as impressive as bradley's victory over alexander...but i still felt bradley was at the head of the class. khan isn't much taller than alexander...and i'm not sure he's faster or slicker either. i don't believe bradley would have had any problems with khan. i think he would have picked up where maidana left off. he's a much more intelligent/aggressive fighter than maidana. i could see him breaking khan down and possibly stopping him.
khan having more to lose is not something i agree with either. khan had a loss on his ledger...and i never believed he was going to get the mayweather fight. bradley on the other hand is still undefeated....and has the 2nd biggest fight in boxing on his plate while khan has to avenge his second loss against a guy bradley thoroughly dominated when he handed him his first loss.
Khan is 5'10 with a 24.5 inch arm length, and Bradley is 5'6 with a 22.5 inch arm length, so there's your answer. Devon is 5'8 with the same reach as Timmy. I know that you're Bradley fan, but try to make sense out of some of this. I usually agree with you, because history has shown me to, as a result of some of these bouts.
You're right, those 3 guys were at the top of the division, but Khan jumped into the talks quickly after he came to the states and stopped Paulie in 2010. By the end of that year, he fought and beat Maidana, which immediately put him in the top 3. You're right, there were more questions than answers in his fight with Maidana, but at then end of the day, he won the fight, and that's all that mattered in regards to people boosting his image.
I wont even go into the Alexander/Bradley fight, due to the "nothingness" that happened in that highly anticipated fight. That fight was screwed before the first bell rang, and neither of them did anything in that fight, that I would consider a measuring stick for bigger fight. Alexander simply couldn't or didn't pull the trigger, and Bradley was his usual headbutting, lunging, wide hook-swing self.
So again, that fight did nothing for either of them. Devon had a bad fight before and after the Bradley fight, so if anything, Bradley should have got him out of there. Oh my bad, Bradley isn't the biggest finisher himself, which was proven against an old ass, shot, Casamayor, which took him 8 rounds to do.
Point is, a Bradley/Khan fight would have been great, but between the two of them, Bradley had more doubts, regardless of his contractual issues. If a guy say, "What if I lose to Khan, then what? I will be out of the Mayweather/Pacquiao sweepstakes" (paraphrased). Doesn't really sound like a guy who knew he could beat Khan.
Khan is taller with the arm length advantage (as I stated earlier), and he moves waaaay more than anybody Bradley has faced. Khan is faster on his feet than Alexander, and I would say that his hands are a bit faster than Devon's, though Devon commits to his punches more. Khan had waaaay more to lose than Bradley.
I say that because, at the time...
1. Khan was being properly promoted, and was that much closer to a Mayweather fight (because of ODLH, Shaeffaer, etc)
2. He has a decent US fan base
3. He has a great fan base in the UK
4. He had collateral (UK PPV money to split)
5. He's more popular (thanks to Roach, Ariza, and Pacquiao)
All of these factors were good enough to land a Mayweather fight (or even a Pacquiao fight), until of course, this was before Khan ran into Lamont. Riddle me this, how many of these factors does Bradley have? I'll wait. So how could you say that Bradley had more to lose? This dude couldn't even sell tickets in his hometown, and all he had was 2 titles.