QUOTE (Dolimite @ Jan 9 2014, 02:14 PM)
On purpose? That's what I think
Not really, because it was "said" that he was guaranteed $10M in a rematch...that was before the controversial win even took place. Again, it was "said"...nothing really concrete. The part that kills me though, is Bradley expecting that much money, when there isn't $10M worth of shit that happened between him and Pac over the past two years.
Bradley had that exciting Ruslan fight and he boxed JMM to death, but in the meantime, Pac got KO'd and took damn near a year off, JUST to come back and fight Rios in China and hurt his PPV numbers even more than they've been hurting.
QUOTE (mrchitown @ Jan 9 2014, 06:08 PM)
I wonder what the number is that he was guaranteed in the rematch and what he's trying to get now....Bradley may just be trying to get 2 solid fights and then bail. Can we blame him if that's the case?
He "said" $10M, but shit, the first fight didn't sell well....for it to be a Pac fight. Notice, Arum barely raised a finger to promote that fight...that's when Pac was in limbo about a lot of stuff and really didn't fight like that anymore.
...the Bradley fight was signed before the 3rd Marquez fight even took place, but what's even funnier, as we all know...Pac and JMM were doing an interview together shortly (a week or two) before he stepped in the ring with Mosley, so we knew where that was going. Floyd had just made a whopping $32M just a month before the Bradley fight, so Bob already knew that Manny was going to ask for more money after he beat a "slick black" undefeated fighter...having the world think that a Floyd fight was on the horizon for the end of the year.
On top of that, Manny wasn't as motivated to fight, so he fucked himself in that one, by fighting 30-45 seconds per round...that was all Manny. With that in mind, the "loss" and lack of promotion (which led to those not-so-great PPV numbers) was a viable reason for Bob to say, "Hey kid, there's not enough money out there to pay you (insert amount that Manny asked for), you just lost your last fight, and the numbers didn't so well".
Of course Manny doesn't ask many questions, so it would've stopped right there. Bob kept him honest all the way through that situation, though it appeared that he was trying to "see him through it" by bringing up Manny's marital problems and all. Hell, they even disagreed with where his next fight would take place, in the post-fight presser.
Moving on, I find it even funnier that the Rios fight was in serious talks before the Alvarado rematch even took place, and out of all people to call out after the first Alvarado fight, Rios called out Pac. I wouldn't look much into it from that standpoint, but the way Arum's fighters sound when they say some groundbreaking shit, sounds so rehearsed and "discussed"...as in Bob discussing it with them before the first bell of their current fight.
Rios was supposed to fight Manny in April '13, Marquez was supposed to Bradley, and that Alvarado was supposed to fight Vargas...that shit went ALL wrong...poor Vargas and poor Alvarado. Let's be real, Alvarado isn't marketable, at best, he's a decent co-feature on PPV card, but that's it. Having Alvarado in the mix and him "boxing" so well in the rematch, screwed everything up again...hence why Mike was thrown to the wolves in the Ruslan fight.
He lost BAD in that fight...no way in hell they could've made it controversial and gotten him back into the mix...because getting him OUT of the mix was the plan. Throw out Alvarado, wiggle Jessie Vargas back in the mix (which will happen this year), and brainwash another fighter into signing with TR (we ALL know who that'll end up being).
Vicious cycle my friend, but the sad thing is, people pay too much attention to the guys at the forefront (Pac, JMM, Bradley, Rios), when the back end guys (Alvarado, Ruslan, Vargas, etc) are there to create upsets, take the fall (Alvarado and Vargas), and ultimately get deleted if they ruin things. Remember that shit that Bradley pulled at the end of 2012 with not wanting to take that $2.5M for a Peterson rematch (when Lamont was a free agent)?
Peterson was supposed to be pulled into the mix to ultimately match up and build up Vargas (and Bob was gonna "talk away" all of Lamont's drug issues to the public...the same way he blew off the Magarito plaster issue), but Bradley fucked it up...hence why he almost got wiped away by Provodnikov last March...which again, fucked up a lot of other things.
Juan was being an asshole (not wanting to fight Manny again, and talking about retirement (read: give me an easy fight for big money since I knocked out your cash cow), so he gave him Bradley...a not-so-easy and less marketable fight, lol. Now...Juan cant come back and ask for that crazy money that he wanted (though he would've only got about $7M at best), because he lost a "close" decision (read: got his ass kicked) to Bradley. Hold up, wait..."close" and/or "controversial" means "you're still in the mix, but now you gotta take the money that I give you".
I just said too much...