COULD GEORGE-RODRIGUEZ WINNER GET ANDRE WARD?
Promoter Lou DiBella told RingTV.com that the Rodriguez-George winner could be in line to face either RING champion and WBA/WBC titleholder Andre Ward, or even be a consideration for the winner of a bout between IBF counterpart Lucian Bute or ex-titlewinner Carl Froch that is scheduled for May 26.
“I think that they’re two of the better young 168-pounders, and that the winner becomes a live possibility for anyone in the division including Bute and Ward,” said DiBella.
“But, for example, I would prefer to get Edwin with a guy like a Carl Froch, or a Mikkel Kessler, or someone like that as opposed to the most difficult guy in the world to fight, which is Andre Ward. I mean, who looks good against Andre Ward? Maybe one guy has ever looked good against him.”
KHAN PICKS PACQUIAO OVER BRADLEY ‘EASY’
“Manny’s going to bang with Bradley, and what a fight that’s going to be,” said Khan. “It’s one of those things that they’re both good fighters, and I respect the both of them, but I think Manny wins the fight easy.”
Bradley was reported to be originally scheduled to face Khan for more than $1 million on July 23 of last year before opting out, and is now involved in a lawsuit with his co-promoters, Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Bradley, meanwhile, signed with Top Rank Promotions, and won his third straight bout with an eighth-round knockout of former four-time titleholder Joel Casamayor in November.
“I mean, he didn’t want to fight with us, but he chose to go with Manny later on. It shows that he just wanted the pay day,” said Khan. “So his first comeback fight was against Casamayor? That went eight rounds when he should have knocked him out in one or two rounds.”
KHAN ADDRESSES RANDOM DRUG TESTING
Khan said that he and Peterson have agreed and signed to be randomly drug tested for blood and urine for their rematch, joining others such as WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul Alvarez and challenger Shane Mosley, who will be drug-tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in advance of their HBO Pay Per View-televised clash on May 5 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
“I just think that it’s fair. I mean, we want to keep the sport fair. We just want to make sure that there is nothing going on in the sport. I’m an athlete, and I’ve been to the Olympic games,” said Khan, a former Olympic silver medalist.
“So I know what it’s like to train and to be tested as an athlete. We just want to make sure that the sport is clean and safe and that everything is going to be clean. We want a good, clean fight and we want everything to be fair. We just want to show how clean we are.”
Negotiations for megabouts between Pacquiao, who is promoted by Top Rank Inc., and Mayweather, who is handled by Golden Boy Promotions, have twice failed over Mayweather’s insistance on Olympic-style random drug testing.
Pacquiao has an ongoing lawsuit against Mayweather accusing him of defamation, asserting that the fighter has continued to insinuate publicly that Pacquiao’s success over eight weight classes is the result of having used performance-enhancing drugs.
Prior to his past two victories over Mosley in May and Victor Ortiz, in September, Mayweather required that his opponents undergo Olympic-style random drug testing of urine and blood that was conducted by United States Anti-Doping Agency.
The VADA organization’s president and founder is Dr. Margaret Goodman, a former ringside physician and Medical Advisory Board Chairman for the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Goodman has acknowledged having been contacted by Golden Boy Promotions, promoter of the Khan-Peterson and Alvarez-Mosley bouts, but would not comment further because she said that the paperwork was not yet completed.
Khan, Pacquiao and Chavez all share Roach and strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza, who had said that he and Roach have become unfairly targeted, if not tainted, by innuendo regarding their clients and performance enhancing drugs.