Lem Satterfield

Can Bradley shine, attract Pacquiao-, Mayweather-, Khan-caliber fights?

On the prospect of facing Mayweather or Pacquiao:

“I’m just willing to fight the best fighters out there in the world. I really don’t have a whole list of opponents. Everybody already knows that I want to fight the pound-for-pound best in the world.

“Either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. Those are the two cream of the crop guys that I want to get into the ring with.

“Will I get my chance? Maybe. Maybe not. You know, but I’m just looking to fight the best fighters out there in the world. That’s pretty much it.

“I really don’t have any particular names or a list of the order in which I want to fight these guys. I have a really true promoter now, and I think that’s going to take me to the next level.

“I’m definitely going to be listening to my manager and seeing what’s next after Casamayor. I’ve got to detroy this guy and get this guy out of there before I even think about any other opponent.”

On what concerns him about Casamayor’s style:

“Nothing. Nothing concerns me about Casamayor. It doesn’t matter what Casamayor does. He can be climbing Mount Everest. I don’t care what he’s doing. I don’t care what he’s taking. He’s not going to beat me on Nov. 12.

“Absolutely not. I’ve been working hard since February. I stay in shape. I’m prepared mentally, physically and spiritutally. There’s no way that he’s going to beat me. No way…

“I still respect him. I respect every fighter that I step into the ring with. Casamayor is a dangerous puncher and he likes to sneak that left hook in there. I pretty much know this guy inside and out.

“I just have to get into the ring with him and basically take him out in the first couple of rounds. But he’s a dangerous puncher and he has great boxing ability. Although he’s 40 years old, that doesn’t mean anything at all.”

“I’m in there with a real live lion, and I’m a young lion, and I feel that I have what it takes to take this guy out and to beat this guy. He does have tremendous power…

“He’s crafty. He likes to use his legs and he likes to use tricks to get guys to shoot from a far distance and then he likes to counter them. He also likes to come forward and fight.

“We’re prepared for both styles of Casamayor, and I know that he likes to sometimes be agressive, and other times, he likes to lay back and set traps. We’re ready for anything that he brings to the table.”

On why he chose to sign with Top Rank and the criticism Dunkin took for facilitating it:

“We sat down and wanted to examine the direction that we wanted to go in, and the other direction wasn’t the way that we wanted to go in. So we had to make some changes and make some adjustments.

“Cameron has been great. The last time that we checked, criticism don’t pay the bills. Everybody can criticize and say whatever they want to say. But that doesn’t pay the bills at all. Cameron believes that I’m a great champion.

“Cameron believes that I can compete with the best fighters in the world. I believe in Cameron and that’s the reason that we got through this. That’s how we got through all of these hard times these last couple of months.

“I had to believe in Cameron, I had to believe in my abilities and I had to believe in myself. It all fell into place and it was great.”

On the birth of his daughter:

“My daughter being born was a huge step up in my life. It’s made me a better person. It also made me train a lot harder than I normally train.

“Waking up every morning and seeing her smiling face every morning. It’s just very fulfilling. This is my first child and I’ve heard from everybody that once you have a child.

“It will make you change, especially if you have a daughter. And now I understand why. I’m hear to protect her and to protect my home. So it’s definitely a motivator and it’s working.

“Every day that I go into training I have something else to really focus on. It’s something else that I have to think about while I’m training. I’ve got another mouth to feed.”


On his performance against Alexander:

“I’m happy about my performance against Devon Alexander. You know, I couldn’t make the guy fight. Sometimes that happens. You saw that with Nonito Donaire against Omar Narvaez.

“Nonito Donaire did everything that he could to make a great fight but the guy wouldn’t fight. You know, there’s nothing you can do about it.

“You saw that with Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley. Shane Mosley didn’t want to fight. It’s just something that depends.”

On his performance against Peterson:

“Styles make fights. He came to fight. I have the ability to adjust in the ring, and there are not a lot of guys out there who have the ability that I have. I can box and I can brawl.

“If you want to get rugged on the inside, then I can do that also. I can come forward or I can box. I can mix it up. That’s what makes me who I am. I might not look spectacular all the time.

“I might not look flashy or have these tremendous knockouts. But the thing is that I always come back and I always win. I don’t lose a lot of rounds. I’ve always won by three or four points in every fights.

“I try to win every single round that I can. I’m not looking to go out there and become something that I’m not. I am not going to necessar y going to rise to the heights that everybody wants me to.

“But I’m going to go out there and do my job and what I’ve trained to do, and that’s to win and spectacular fashion. That’s exaclty waht I’m going to do.

“There’s nothing necessarily that I’m going to try to do to mimic that performance that I had against Lamont. Like I said, styles make fights.

“Lamont had the perfect style for me. He came forwawrd and he was aggressive and he got reckless and I made him pay for shots. Casamayor is a little bit more of a seasoned fighter than Lamont.”

On the time off:

“We’ve been working being more technical, less reckless and sitting down on our shots. Trying to develop more strength and more power in our shots.

“So we’ve been doing a lot of great things. We see the difference in the sparring sessions. We see the difference in all of the hard work that I’ve done over the last few months.

“It’s a different Tim Bradley. You’re going to see a different Tim Bradley in there on Nov. 12. I’m going to be faster, more explosive and I’m definitely going to be punching harder.”

On Khan:

“A part of me wanted to get into the ring and do what I wanted to do, but, I have a plan. It really didn’t matter if I were to fight Amir Khan or not.

“Even if I would have beat him. I don’t think that it would have done anything for my career. Granted people might say, ‘well, that would have been great for your career.’

“But I don’t feel like I was with the right promotional company. I never got the type of exposure that would make me popular with the houswives.

“At leas with Top Rank, they bring that. If I was to fight Amir Khan with Top Rank, they do the job. Because you’ve got the top promotional company advertising the fight and doing what they’re supposed to do.

“They advertise the fight to make money and to make their fighters the superstars of boxing. Sitting back and thinking about it, we made the right choice.

“Because now, I’ve got a chance to fight on a super card. I’m going to be on pay per view. A month or two ago I signed with Top Rank, and now I’ve got this lifetime opportunity to fight.

“I’m fighting on a Manny Pacquiao undercard as the semi-main event.  This is a completely different level. There’s millions of people who are going to be watching this fight.

“They’re going to get a chance to see who Timothy Bradley is. They may never have heard of me before, but they will get a chance to see me fight.”


Read more:

Bradley to debut with Top Rank on Pacquiao-Marquez III undercard

Bradley discusses Top Rank, Pacquiao, Casamayor, fatherhood

Top Rank officially announces signing of Bradley


Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank Inc.

Photos by David Martin Warr, Don King Productions.


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



Around the web