Amir Khan is not part of Timothy Bradley's future plans. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Speaking to The Desert Sun, undefeated junior welterweight Timothy Bradley says he's not interested in a fight with Amir Khan, and that he's ready to be criticized once again for that stance:
"Like I said, I'm looking for the bigger fish, the bigger fights — the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fights," Bradley said. "I've paid my dues, I've done more than anyone at 140. I've done exactly what I've wanted to do.
"I know there will be a lot of criticism from everyone. But that won't bother me. I'm going to do what I'm going to do. I'm going to do what's best for my family and my career. Bash me all you want, I'm eating over here. I'm happy and that's pretty much it. I'm not worried about anyone."
Bradley has a strong resume at 140 pounds, but what's going to continue hurting him in public view is that he talked big about a fight with Khan earlier this year before bailing on the date, which sent promoters scrambling for a Khan opponent on July 23, which resulted in Zab Judah getting the spot. Khan wiped out Judah in five rounds on Saturday, but Bradley is apparently not an option. It appeared first that was just because Golden Boy wasn't interested in Bradley (and Richard Schaefer said that Bradley would be signing with Top Rank to fight Manny Pacquiao), but now he's saying he's not interested in fighting the other top fighter in his division.
Khan, for his part, is looking toward a fight in December, and then a clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr next year. Really, Bradley and Khan aren't far apart in vision here, but Khan is fighting and Bradley is sitting on the sidelines, waiting. That's the difference in how they're perceived right now, but at least Bradley says he's comfortable with the criticism. He's bound to receive a lot more of it.
Currently, Bradley is involved in a lawsuit with promoters at Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing.