In an article at The Desert Sun, which is Timothy Bradley's home newspaper, it's noted that trainer Joel Diaz isn't really excited about a possible fight in December between Bradley and Robert Guerrero.
Diaz believes fighting Guerrero is a step backward after Bradley fought on the sports’ biggest stage, and scored a historic upset.
Let's be real here:
- There was nothing particularly "historic" about Bradley's upset win over Manny Pacquiao. I'm sorry, but there wasn't. There would have been if more than a very, very small minority of people had seen Bradley winning the fight, or even if there were more people who didn't think it was highway robbery. The most historic note about the fight is the controversy, not Bradley's win, and second-most might be that the outrage immediately following broke Twitter.
- Of course it's a step backward. It's also a good fight, and literally as good as Tim Bradley can get right now.
Now, I don't mean to dump on the Desert Sun writer, who also acknowledges that Bradley-Guerrero is a good fight. I just wonder who, exactly, Diaz thinks Bradley can fight on December 15. There are far bigger steps back than Guerrero. Ruslan Provodnikov has been mentioned, and to be fair, Diaz has said he's not high on that fight, either.
And really, I get where Diaz is coming from, but Bradley has to fight someone. Manny Pacquiao did not give you the rematch. Get over it. If Team Bradley is so convinced that they won the first time, what are they worried about anyway? Money, of course. They wanted the big money fight again, and that's fine. But Bradley's performance - which I thought was admirable with the injuries - and the win (or "win," if you prefer) just didn't make Tim a star. It's not really Tim Bradley's fault, or Diaz's fault, or anyone on their team's fault. It's just how it is.
Team Bradley really have to start living in the present, especially if they want people to be interested in their upcoming fight. Moaning about Pacquiao isn't getting them any favorable reaction from anyone. That seems obvious to me. If they poo-poo every single idea, then why would anyone care about whatever Bradley does next?
I can't blame Diaz for being disappointed. But it's time to move on and move forward. There's going to be a Timothy Bradley fight on December 15, and if it's not Robert Guerrero, it's going to be a far less attractive option. If I were in their shoes, I'd be talking up a Guerrero fight like it's a can't-miss event between two chronically unappreciated world champions or some such. It's as good as it's going to get, and you might as well try to sell it.