By Robert Morales
When Timothy Bradley became a free agent at the end of June, there were bound to be high-profile promoters after the junior welterweight champion from PalmSprings. A few days ago, Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. corralled Bradley at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel formally announcing the union.
"I just want to get my name out there," said Bradley, who will make his Top Rank debut when he defends his championship against Joel Casamayor on Nov. 12 on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez welterweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"Like when I walk down the street people will soon recognize me, say hello, take a picture. This isn't happening now, even in my hometown, but I hope being with Top Rank will help."
Bradley, 28, had been promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.
When Arum signed Bradley, one had to wonder if that meant Bradley was a shoo-in for an eventual shot at Pacquiao. Arum loves being the only promoter when the money-making Pacquiao fights.
"I was never promised a fight with Pacquiao, but I am with the company now and I am available for a fight like that," Bradley said.
He might get it, but no promises, Arum said.
"When we signed Timothy we made it clear it was not just to get in line for a Pacquiao fight because that is not how it works," Arum said. "After Nov. 12, we will speak to Manny about his next fight.
"There is a process we go through with Manny before the next opponent is announced. Tim is very bright, a real family man and he understands all of this."