Lem Satterfield

Roach says Bradley ducked Khan, may not deserve Pacquiao fight

altleft: Tim Bradley lands a hard left hook on Jaime Rangel in Dec. 2006 (photo by Dwight McCann / Fightwireimages.com

“Everyone still hopes that that fight is out there with Mayweather, I’m sure. I’d rather see Mayweather against Manny than Tim Bradley against Manny. But is Pacquiao-Mayweather going to happen? We just have no idea. Mayweather is just so sporadic,” said Roach.

“But the thing is, I guess that if Floyd Mayweather doesn’t come to the table, then all that we’ve got is Tim Bradley. You know, I’ve been hearing Bradley’s name now for some time now, but I say that we’ve already got a difficult guy in front of us with Marquez.”

Pacquiao has battled Marquez to a draw and a split-decision victory in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

Marquez is fighting as a welterweight for only the second time, having lost his 147-pound debut by lopsided unanimous decision to Mayweather. Marquez will face Pacquiao, this time, at a catchweight of 144 pounds.

“I just want to clear the air with Marquez right now and just dominate him like we should,” said Roach. “We’ll look better this time against Marquez than Mayweather did against Marquez.”

Bradley burst onto the scene in April of 2009, when he rose from two knockdowns to score a unanimous decision that dethroned the hard-hitting Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) as WBO titleholder.

Bradley followed that up with his first successful defense, dropping Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) in the third round on his way to a unanimous decision victory in December of 2009.

In January, Bradley added the WBC title to his collection after beating Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) by an 11th-round technical decision. The bout went to the scorecards following an accidental clash of heads that caused a badly-bleeding laceration over one of Alexander’s eyes.

“Against Devon Alexander, Tim Bradley showed that he has three weapons,” said Roach. “Bradley’s got his left hand, his right hand and his forehead.”

But Bradley was stripped of his belt by the WBC because of inactivity, a move which opened the door for Erik Morales (52-7, 35 KOs) to become the first Mexican-born fighter to earn a fourth title in as many different divisions with a 10th-round knockout over previously-unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano (22-1, 17 KOs) on Sept. 17.

Bradley was originally scheduled to face WBA and IBF counterpart Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) on July 23, but he opted out and is now involved in a lawsuit with his co-promoters, Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Bradley was legally advised that he could sign with Top Rank.

Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Khan will begin training with Roach alongside Pacquiao starting on Monday at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif., in preparation for a defense against IBF mandatory challenger Peterson on Dec. 10.

“I know that Tim Bradley wouldn’t fight Amir Khan,” said Roach. “So now, all of a sudden, he’s in position to fight Manny Pacquiao because he signed with Bob Arum?”

Whether it’s Khan or Pacquiao, Bradley would lose, said Roach.

“Either way, I really don’t care,” said Roach. “Tim Bradley ducked one of my guys, Amir Khan, and he would get knocked out by my other guy, Manny Pacquiao.”


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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