It appears that Timothy Bradley may soon find himself in Bob Arum's doghouse. Evidently, the undefeated WBO welterweight champion is having second thoughts about a rematch with current IBF jr. welterweight champion Lamont Peterson. More specifically, he's having second thoughts about the money he's being offered for the bout. According to his manager, Cameron Dunkin, the foot injury that Bradley sustained during his controversial victory over Pacquiao this past June may prevent him from being able to fight on the December 15 HBO date currently being held for his return. If the news comes as a surprise to you, it should. After all, it was less than 2 months ago when Bradley was strongly pleading his case for a rematch with Pacquiao, who was originally planning to fight on November 10.
"To be honest with you, I think a lot of people on that side are scared. He couldn't knock me out with two peg legs. Me healthy, I'm going to beat him worse," Bradley would comment during an interview with the Desert Sun back in August, when he still thought he was being considered as an option for Pacquiao. "If Manny wants to do it, let's do it. It's been a circus around here. I've been sitting around here waiting. I want the fight, but he hasn't decided yet." In fact, when Bradley found out that it would be Marquez, as opposed to him, getting the coveted assignment, he launched into a verbal assault on Pacquiao, labeling him a "chicken" for choosing what he considered to be an easier opponent.
"He didn't want any part of me. Marquez is an easier fight. He knows that a fight with me and two good legs is going to be hell," Bradley continued during another interview with The Desert Sun in September. "I can't believe it. Any champion who lost his belt, you would want to redeem yourself...What the public needs to know is Pacquiao, their No. 1 dude, doesn't care about his loss...You need to redeem yourself because Tim Bradley beat you. You need to come back and redeem that loss...In my eyes, chicken (expletive), chicken, chicken, chicken. I'm too much for these boys, man."
In case you haven't noticed, Bradley never mentioned anything about his foot injury preventing a rematch with Pacquiao from taking place in November or December. However, when the opponent's name isn't Pacquiao, all of a sudden, the foot injury is an issue. Seems odd if you ask me. Judging from Arum's comments during a recent open workout that was held in Hollywood, California, he's not too convinced the foot injury is the real reason why Bradley may not be available to fight. When asked for a status update regarding Bradley, Arum surprisingly commented, "All his team does is moan and complain." One can't help but wonder if Bradley is simply unsatisfied with the money he's being offered to fight in December, which is no doubt considerably less than what he just made against Pacquiao. Considering that Arum had already named the 30,000+ seat Marlins Park in Miami, Florida as the venue for Bradley's return, I suspect that Bradley's team may be using the foot injury in hopes of getting Arum to sweeten the deal. The move may backfire for Bradley, however, as Arum has suggested that he would likely move forward with a card featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondeaux in hopes of attracting the Cuban population of Miami.
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