Tim Bradley is feels as if he is about to hit the jackpot.
The 28-year-old former WBO/WBC junior welterweight beltholder signed with Top Rank Inc., and will debut with the company against former four-time titleholder and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor on the undercard of the Nov. 12 Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In addition, Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) still is basking in the glow of the birth of his daughter, Jada Nicolette Bradley, in late July with his wife, Monica, whose two children — son, Robert, 11, and a daughter, Alaysia, 6 – he has helped to raise from a previous marriage.
“I really think that having Tim Bradley on the card really enhances the card for people not only in the United States, but also, the hundreds of hundreds of millions all over the world that will be watching this event,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
“I think that they will get a great opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to see Tim and how good he is. That’s one of the main reasons that we put him on this card.”
With Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) having successfully rebounded from a loss to Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) by scoring a split-decision win over junior welterweight Manuel Lueva (18-3, 10 KOs) in March, Bradley could enter the sweepstakes to face eight-division titleholder Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) should Pacquiao get beyond his WBO welterweight title defense against WBO/WBA lightweight beltholder Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs).
Khan has a defense on Dec. 10 against IBF mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs), whom Bradley dropped in the third round of a clash of unbeatens for a unanimous decision victory and the WBO belt in December of 2009.
Bradley was originally scheduled to face Khan 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.
“This is such a great opporunity, and we’re so grateful to Bob Arum for giving him this opportunity. I knew that I was doing the right thing and I knew that Top Rank was the best promoter in the world,” said Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin.
“I knew what they could do for Tim and I wanted that for Tim and his family. I wanted him to be promoted properly and brought along properly, and it’s all coming together. I took a lot of bashing for doing this, but I knew in the end that it would turn out great, and it really has.”
Bradley followed that up with his first defense, winning a battle of unbeatens by unanimous decision over Peterson.
In January, Bradley dethroned Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) as WBC junior welterweight beltholder by 11th-round technical decision, adding that crown to the WBO title that he already owned.
Bradley was stripped of the WBC belt by that organization based on 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).
Bradley appeared to be focused and enthusiastic during a recent conferenc call addressing his family life, his upcoming bout against Casamayor, and also his future beyond the bout.
Tim Bradley on being a part of the Pacquiao-Marquez card:
“It’s a big honor to be on a Manny Pacquiao card. I’ve never been a part of a major attraction like this before in my life and in my whole career this way. I’m ready to shine and I’m ready to show the world who Timothy Bradley is.
“I’ve been working hard for the last seven weeks, and I’m ready to go. I mean, I could fight tomorrow if I needed to. I’m excited and fully amped up for this, and I’m definitely going to put on a show on Nov. 12.
“It’s very important for me to put on a great show. I’ve been working hard and in the gym training my butt off since February.
“It’s always in the back of my mind that I want to put on a great show. But I can’t let myself get too caught up in the hype. I’ve got to fight my fight. That’s what it boils down to.
“I’m going to look good in there. I’m going to look great in there. But I’m not going to go out there and try to look great. I just can’t go out there and be something that I’m not and try to go for a knockout and get caught.
“I’m going to fight my game plan and fight my fight. I’m going to look spectacular, because this is a great opportunity. I’ve prepared myself well for this fight and it will show in the fight.”