Retired two-division champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-2-1) may have formally announced his retirement from boxing in mid-2017, a year after losing his third fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the fighter tells ESPN he’d be open to making a return to boxing against two opponents:
“I would come back for an Amir Khan fight and I would come back for an Errol Spence fight,” Bradley told ESPN on Thursday.
Bradley has been working for ESPN as a fight analyst for the past couple of years and will be on hand for this weekend’s welterweight fight between Terence Crawford and Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden.
In fact, Bradley’s preferred choices in opponents is sort of a head scratcher because Khan and Spence aren’t even in the same class at this point — Spence being a young champion in his prime while Khan is considered a faded fighter who still holds a little bit of name value.
So speaking on his reasoning for wanting to fight Khan, Bradley says:
“Khan told me when I got off the scale (after weighing in for the first fight) against Manny Pacquiao that I needed to grow some balls and fight him,” Bradley said. “He was lucky I didn’t slap him right there. And I said that before I die it didn’t matter if he’s in a wheelchair or not, I said I wanted to whup his ass. He said I ran from him but I was fighting Pacquiao.”
Then, referencing Spence, Bradley says he’s interested in that fight just because Spence is considered the boogeyman of the division, and that he would like to return to fight the best.