Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Bradley wants Pacquiao next
By Michael Woods
Tim Bradley would love another shot at Manny Pacquiao, and manager Cameron Dunkin is hopeful that will happen in September or October, when Manny gets back on the horse.
Word is that Juan Manuel Marquez might be pricing himself out of a fifth fight, asking for close to a 50-50 split, and Dunkin told me Wednesday in NYC that he's hoping that is the case. During a presser at Madison Square Garden to hype Saturday's Donaire-Rigondeaux clash at Radio City, Dunkin said he met with Bradley and his wife, Monica, in Las Vegas at the Rios-Alvarado fight on March 30.
Bradley is in the mix to meet Marquez, too, it being a smaller world of late in and around that 140-147 area with Top Rank and Golden Boy fighters not even close to gloving up against each other. "I prefer Bradley versus Pacquiao over Marquez. I think he could settle a lot of things inside him, he'll beat Pacquiao good this time," Dunkin told me.
In his last outing, the California boxer provided way too many thrills and chills for Dunkin, who while ringside pleaded with Bradley to box more and use his skills, instead of his warrior instinct, against Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16. On that night, Bradley traded when he should have evaded and escaped with a UD12, only because judges aren't prone to scoring a wider 10-8 round unless a knockdown occurs, even if one man has the other nearly senseless. "He let the media and the fans get him in a war. Me and his wife told him that," Dunkin said.
During the lunch, Bradley showed he still hasn't shrugged off the rampant critiques which dogged him before and right after the Pacquiao victory last year. "I showed the people I'm not afraid, not a runner, not a holder, not a butt-er," Dunkin said Bradley stated. "Now let's see what they critique me about."
Basically, Dunkin wants Bradley and his other guy, Rios, to ditch some of the macho, and remember the "not be hit" part of the golden equation a bit more, moving forward.