This evil genius is but the pawn in a scheme to face Timothy Bradley next year. Bwahaha! (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions speculated yesterday at the Khan vs Judah post-fight press conference that junior welterweight Timothy Bradley has been promised a fight with Manny Pacquiao by Top Rank, and that he'll fight on the November 12 undercard of the Pacquiao vs Marquez III event in Las Vegas.
From Ryan Maquiñana:
"What’s wrong with December [for a Khan vs Bradley fight]?" [Schaefer] asked aloud. "He’s not available in December? Probably not. Probably because he’s going to be fighting on the Pacquiao card and is promised the Pacquiao fight, that’s why. We don’t need to wait for that, that kind of bulls**t, that kind of plays and games, and so on. We’re in the boxing business. We’re not in the gaming business."
First of all, I love Schaefer's idea that "the boxing business" isn't filled with "plays and games and bulls**t," or, if more applicable, his idea that Golden Boy has never taken part in any of it. You might think that Schaefer wouldn't make this comment, considering it pretty much says that Top Rank did contact Timothy Bradley before Bradley's contract with Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing was up (which was heavily rumored, with Shaw serving papers to Top Rank, but never proven as true fact).
Currently, Top Rank and Golden Boy are working together again, signing a Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Daniel Ponce de Leon fight for September 10, and Oscar de la Hoya is even saying good morning to Bob Arum on Twitter.
You watch boxing is going to be on a roll.golden boy and top rank working together can only make things better.good morning bob
Why poke the bear for a comment about Timothy Bradley, who is currently in a lawsuit with Shaw and Thompson, when you could just say, "That guy's in a lawsuit and isn't fighting anyone. He had his chance." And Schaefer did say that, but then he went on with the Pacquiao claim, which seems counterproductive to me. I don't know.
But anyway, if you're wondering why I didn't mention Tim Bradley earlier as a next fight for Khan, this is why. Golden Boy seems to have zero intention to go calling for Bradley again. Khan's probably taking one more fight at 140 at most, and then targeting Floyd, if he doesn't go to 147 for Kell Brook next. Bradley's out of the loop now, as good as he is.