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Bob Arum: Bradley Too Tough For Khan, HBO Mistakes

By Michael Marley

Manny Pacquiao fight shotcaller Bob Arum took a long look at Tim Bradley as the Californian retained his undefeated status against previously unbeaten Devon Alexander and liked what he saw with one glaring exception.

"I am troubled, very troubled by his tendency to head butt his opponents," Pacman's promoter said on Sunday. "The frequency of the head butts is something he must change. I don't think it's anything Bradley does intentionally."

Arum, whose fighter Lamont Peterson was beaten by the fighter from North Palm Springs, described the 27 year old as "not a great fighter but a very good fighter."

In Arum's view, Bradley should next target Golden Boy's 140 pound champ, the Freddie Roach trained Amir Khan. Arum sees Bradley overcoming Khan.

"I think Bradley is too tough a guy for Amir, that Khan has nothing to keep Bradley off of him. Khan has nothing to hurt Bradley with while he's getting constant pressure," Arum said.

The Top Rank head honcho said he's had no discussions with Bradley and his manager Cameron Dunkin but that, if Bradley was contractually free, he would be a welcome addition and figures in as a Pacman foe.

Maybe that's why Big Gary Shaw, whose promotional deal with Bradley is believed to expire in May, was targeting Floyd Mayweather after the technical decision over Alexander. Bradley, meanwhile, was describing a lucrative Pacquiao bout as "the keys to the gate."

Shaw and Arum appear to be on a collision course as Shaw downplayed a Bradley-Pacman bout, saying Arum only uses in house fighters to fight the Pinoy Idol.

"Bradley reminds me of (May 7 Pacman foe) Sugar Shane Mosley. Now some may say Shane's skills are diminished but he and Bradley always come off as nice guys. Bradley is a family guy who talks sensibly., there's no trash-talking, any of that nonsense.

"Bradley's the kid of fighter we'd love to have. He just comes off nicely as a person and is the kind of opponent I think Manny would welcome, the kind of opponent who is good for the sport of boxing," the 79 year old Arum said.

Arum, who is staging Mosley-Pacquiao with the Showtime/CBS TV combination, was critical of how promoters Shaw and Don King chose Pontiac, Mich., as the Saturday night bout venue and said the telecast and a mummified audience with no local rooting interest was "a downer.

"They made this fight too soon. They should've let it build up another year or so. It's indicative of how HBO handles their business. They put a lot of marketing into it but I don't think it got out to the sports fans, only to the (hardcore) boxing fans.

"Watching on TV, I felt no electricity so much so that even the broadcasters did not really seem pumped up, I mean (Jim) Lampley, (Larry) Merchant and (Emanuel) Steward. It was sort of like a downer.

"Most of the fans got their tickets for free. It wasn't a live audience like when you have a good Mexican fighter and fans who are really into the fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gino Ros on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=ThePrince;10040129]Excellent. On Friday, Manny is ducking prime, undefeated, slick boxer Bradley. On Monday, when [B]the possible fight is being discussed[/B], Pac is cherry-picking by fighting him. When does it end? [/QUOTE] Being discussed by whom? When did Bradley become slick?…

Comment by Gino Ros on 01-31-2011

Why is Arum criticizing free tickets when he gave out 10,000 free tickets to manny's last fight?

Comment by ThePrince on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=checo01;10038143]Arum is an idiot.[B] Bradley or alexander are no match for Pacquiao. He is trying to milk the fans by cherry-picking again[/B]. Maidana, Khan or Marquez would be good fights for them. Arum trying to take Bradley from Shaw and…

Comment by checo01 on 01-31-2011

Arum is an idiot. Bradley or alexander are no match for Pacquiao. He is trying to milk the fans by cherry-picking again. Maidana, Khan or Marquez would be good fights for them. Arum trying to take Bradley from Shaw and…

Comment by WESS on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=dyu;10036249]Lol. Now bradley isn't technical anymore.[/QUOTE] I think your confused with Alexander..... who was just beaten by a guy that put on a lot of pressure nothing technical about it. This pressure beats Khan. As I have said from day…

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