LAS VEGAS — Cameron Dunkin wanted to be there when Tim Bradley finally got his return bout with Manny Pacquiao, whom Bradley dethroned as WBO welterweight titleholder in June 2012.
Dunkin will, in fact, be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night when Pacquiao and Bradley meet once again but not as the undefeated fighter's manager, a role he had served for Bradley's previous six fights.
When their contract expired in August, Bradley elected not to renew it, said Dunkin during a Thursday interview with RingTV.com at the MGM Grand.
"That's what happened. The contract came to an end in August and he decided not to renew with me," said Dunkin, who will be ringside on Saturday as another of his fighters, Jessie Vargas, faces Khabib Allakhverdiev in a clash of unbeatens.
"Everyone knows what I did. I thought that he appreciated it more than he did but I made a lot of money with him and while I was making him money, I made myself money. So I can't say anything bad bout him."
Bradley officially announced the end of his association with Dunkin in January, when he signed a two-year contract extension with Top Rank and also named Pacquiao as his next opponent.
"There's really nothing to address with Cameron Dunkin. I've fulfilled my terms and he fulfilled his terms. That was it. Our contract expired," said Bradley at the time.
"I can't say anything bad about Cameron. He was a great manager and he did a lot for me and I thank him for that and that's pretty much it. I'm moving forward with my career."
Instead, Bradley is being managed by his wife, Monica, who negotiated a two-year contract extension with Top Rank, according to the second of three episodes of HBO's telecast of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II.
"I decided that, 'Hey, baby, you're going to manage me now. Let's keep it in the family. Why not?'" said Bradley, referring to Monica. "I'm paying this guy a whole lot of money to manage me and stuff when you can do the same thing."
Bradley hired Dunkin shortly before earning a then-career-high, $345,000 for his Showtime-televised, December 2009 unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Lamont Peterson.
After making the jump to HBO in early 2010, Bradley made what was then a career-high $700,000 for a unanimous decision over previously undefeated welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu in July 2010.
Bradley earned $1.1 million for dethroning southpaw Devon Alexander by 10-round technical decision for the WBC's 140-pound belt in January 2011.
In the fall of 2011, Bradley left promoter Gary Shaw and signed with Top Rank, even as he was pursued by Golden Boy Promotions as well. Bradley debuted as a Top Rank fighter with an eighth-round stoppage of Joel Casamayor on the undercard of Pacquiao's disputed majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in November 2011.
After earning a career-high $5 million against Pacquiao, Bradley rose from a 12th-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in March of 2013 and won by split-decision over Marquez in October.
Bradley will pocket $6 million for on Saturday to a guaranteed $20 million for Pacquiao, which is $6 million less than Pacquiao made for their first clash.
"People are asking me if I want him to win and I say, 'Of course I want him to win.' I love the guy. I always did. I don't want to see him get hurt and I want to see him win," said Dunkin.
"I want him to win and I think that he will win. He was one of my guys. He was a Cameron Dunkin-type of guy. When you've got all of that [experience together] behind a guy, you just don't want to not be there at the end but that's okay."
Dunkin also manages Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios and Terence Crawford.