Bradley not expecting to fight Mayweather
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. does not think he will get to fight another undefeated fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. – even if he pulls off the upset of the year should he defeat Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
Bradley will challenge Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title this Saturday in Las Vegas, and while he is confident of victory, he does not think it will lead him into another big-money fight against Mayweather.
“Mayweather won’t fight me if I beat Pacquiao,” Bradley told ESPN. “Mayweather is a businessman. That’s it. I don’t think Mayweather would think he’d lose, but as far as business goes, he won’t take that fight right away.” [http://espn.go.com/blog/boxing/post/_/id/1266/no-floyd-fight-for-bradley-either]
“He’ll say, ‘Oh, you’ve still got a lot to prove, Bradley.’ You know how it goes,” he added.
Bradley is also indifferent to a potential mega-fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, which is expected to be the most lucrative bout in boxing history.
“I don’t want to see it. I’m over it,” Bradley said. “It should’ve happened years ago. I don’t care about the fight... I lost interest.”
Bradley said the two camps do not seem capable of working out deals with each other.
“Every time they try to make the fight, it never happens. There’s always an excuse,” he said. “Floyd is going to have to give, or Manny’s going to have to give.”
“They’re going to have to meet in the middle, and I don’t think they’re capable of doing that,” Bradley added.
“They’re never going to fight, period.”
The Pacquiao and Mayweather camps briefly engaged in negotiations earlier this year, but talks quickly fell apart after they failed to come to an agreement regarding the split of pay-per-view revenue.
Mayweather ended up facing Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, defeating him via decision in an exciting, competitive bout last May 5.
The unbeaten American boxer is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence following a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge.