Bob Arum (right) has named Timothy Bradley as a potential future opponent for Manny Pacquiao (center), but Bradley says he hasn't signed with Top Rank. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Rumors of junior welterweight Timothy Bradley signing with Top Rank are false, according to Bradley, who told BoxingScene.com that he has not signed with the promotional giant.
Bradley (27-0, 11 KO) was under contract with Gary Shaw Productions until recently. He made clear a couple of months ago that he would need a new deal before he fought again, which killed plans to match Bradley with Amir Khan on July 23. Khan instead is facing Zab Judah.
It has been expected that Bradley would sign with Top Rank, as there were strong rumors that the company had already spoken with Bradley and had some preliminary talks while he was still under his deal with Shaw, which in turn led Shaw to send legal notice to Top Rank about the matter. Top Rank chief Bob Arum said in late May that he felt Bradley could be a major attraction, which thus far he has not been in terms of live draw, but Shaw did turn him into a TV main eventer on both Showtime and HBO. Arum has also said that Bradley could be a future opponent for their top star, Manny Pacquiao.
You can likely expect there to be some Tim Bradley news coming soon, as there's usually fire with smoke like this, no matter who denies what.