Earlier today, Top Rank held a press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California to promote their October 13 event featuring IBF and WBO jr. featherweight champion Nonito Donaire defending his titles against Toshiaki Nishioka and former lightweight champion Brandon Rios making his jr. welterweight debut against Mike Alvarado on the undercard. While all the fighters were in attendance as expected to discuss their respective bouts, there was one fighter who seemed somewhat out of place, but his presence sparked the curiosity of everyone who recognized him. Quietly waiting in the background while the press conference took place was WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
"I'm sorry, I'm not here for interviews. I'll take pictures with you guys, but I'm just here for a meeting," Bradley commented as several members of the media approached him to ask questions shortly after the press conference. Surrounded by promoter Bob Arum, Top Rank president Todd duBoef, and his manager, Cameron Dunkin, Bradley did say he was eager to face anyone from 140-154, particularly Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and even suggested that he could fight at 160. That, however, was the only comment that Bradley made about his future plans before he was given the gag order. Was Bradley meeting with Arum and duBoef to discuss a potential November 10 rematch with Manny Pacquiao, or was he there to discuss another direction for his career? Time will tell as Pacquiao, who was said to be finalizing his opponent some time today, still hasn't announced who he will be facing when he returns to the ring. Bradley, along with ring rival Juan Manuel Marquez, are considered to be the frontrunners to land the assignment.