Floyd Mayweather's presence is hanging over the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight, even though he's completely uninvolved and almost certainly won't fight either man. (Photo by Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)
Timothy Bradley said earlier this week that even if he upsets Manny Pacquiao when the two meet on Saturday night, he's not expecting Floyd Mayweather to ring him up for a fight:
"Mayweather won't fight me if I beat Pacquiao," Bradley said. "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. He'll say, 'Oh, you've still got a lot to prove, Bradley.' You know how it goes."
More than Mayweather having objections about Bradley's credentials -- which would be pretty great with a win over Manny -- there's this other roadblock.
Tim Bradley, just like Manny Pacquiao, fights under the Top Rank banner. And Floyd Mayweather, who had a nasty split years ago with Bob Arum, does not fight Top Rank fighters. He does not put money in Bob Arum's pockets anymore.
There's also the fact that Bradley would have to rematch Pacquiao if he did win, provided Pacquiao wanted to fight on. That fight is already tentatively set for November if Bradley pulls off the upset victory, and given the scarcity of options out there, a controversial fight on Saturday -- say, a debatable decision -- could lead to a rematch anyway if the fight is a hit.
But it's really the Top Rank thing. It doesn't matter who it is -- it's not just Manny Pacquiao who hasn't fought Mayweather in recent years. When they were top attractions in the division and working for Top Rank, Miguel Cotto (they fought in May, with Cotto now a free agent) and Antonio Margarito didn't face Mayweather either.
I don't care whose side you take if you want to take one, but the fact is that Mayweather and Arum don't do business together, don't particularly like one another (that might be an understatement), and that won't change for Tim Bradley. If a mega-money fight with Manny couldn't come off, what chance would Bradley have of getting a deal done?
Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage of the entire Pacquiao vs Bradley card from the MGM Grand tonight, and updates throughout the day. Stick with us!