Bradley, Magdaleno Doubleheader Possible For Feb 9

By Rick Reeno

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has advised that he's targeting February 9th, on HBO, for the return of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12KOs).

One potential opponent being considered, says Arum, is hard-punching junior welterweight Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23KOs), who last month was stopped in the seventh round of a "fight of year" battle with Brandon Rios.

Everything depends on the outcome of Manny Pacquiao's upcoming fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, taking place on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If Pacquiao wins, he will make the final decision on his next opponent. Arum would like to match him against Rios. If Pacquiao decides to fight Bradley in a rematch, then the scenario would shift to a possible rematch between Rios and Alvarado.

"If Rios does fight Pacquiao, then with Alvarado we can go with Bradley, maybe. And if Manny wins the fight and decides to fight Bradley, then Rios and Alvarado can go again," Arum told

The WBO recently ordered Rios and Ruslan Provodnikov to fight for the vacant junior welterweight title, but Arum doesn't see that fight coming off due to financial reasons. Rios can make a lot more money against Pacquiao or even Alvarado.

"A Provodnikov fight with Rios, we wouldn't be able to pay Rios anything like what we could paid him to fight a Manny, or even an Alvarado rematch," Arum said.

Then there is the issue of Bradley. There has been some tension behind the scenes. Bradley was scheduled to return to HBO on December 15th in a rematch with Lamont Peterson. With over a $2 million dollar purse on the table, Bradley took a pass and opted to wait for something better to come along.

Bradley won a controversial twelve round split decision over Pacquiao in June. In describing the aftermath, a few insiders have said - 'just because you beat Tiger Woods doesn't make you Tiger Woods.'

"We are trying to get everything tamped down. Bradley has two more years to go with us and hopefully he'll be a happy camper. After all, I've never seen anything like it because he had the December 15th date and a $2 million dollar purse to fight Peterson [and] he turned it down. What is that? If you beat Tiger Woods, then you can sort of argue that you're sort of Tiger Woods. But if you get a victory and nobody thought you won, then you sure ain't Tiger Woods," Arum said.

On target for the co-feature is undefeated super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 9KOs). Arum made it clear to Magdaleno that his upcoming fight on December 7th [TV Azteca from Texas Station in Las Vegas] would be his last non-title outing. The plan, if all goes well, is to match Magdaleno against WBO champion Rocky Martinez (26-1-1, 16KOs) or WBC champion Gamaliel Diaz (37-9-2, 17KOs).

If the doubleheader comes together, a possible location is the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 11-08-2012

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12675623]The guy who just "beat" Pacquaio is fighting the guy who just got stopped by Brandon Rios at 140? Why,oh why.[/QUOTE] Great post. :lol1:

Comment by kiaba360 on 11-08-2012

My prediction for 2013: Bradley/Alvarado, then Bradley vs. the loser of Pac/Marquez (while Rios fights the winner :nonono:), and then Bradley vs. the winner of Rios/TBA.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-08-2012

[QUOTE=Stanly Ketchel;12677622]If you can punch you got a good chance to win Diggz have some faith in yourself.[/QUOTE] Its a shame Tim Bradley didn't feel the same way :lol1:

Comment by Stanly Ketchel on 11-08-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;12677584]"What if I lose to Amir Khan?"[/QUOTE] If you can punch you got a good chance to win Diggz have some faith in yourself.

Comment by V.WEBB on 11-08-2012

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12675623]The guy who just "beat" Pacquaio is fighting the guy who just got stopped by Brandon Rios at 140? Why,oh why.[/QUOTE] :nonono::nonono::rofl::rofl:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (67)
Top Headlines Taras Shelestyuk Aims To Follow Gold Path of His Olympic Mates Brandon Rios a Free Agent, No Longer a Top Rank Fighter Katie Taylor Mulling Pro Move, Heading To Eddie Hearn? Fenech: Mundine-Green II is Bullsh*t Fight - Must Be Stopped! Nonito Donaire: I Want The Frampton vs. Santa Cruz Winner Next! Jack Doesn’t Take Much From DeGale’s Tough Fight with Medina Joshua's Fight Will Land on Showtime - Price, Jennings or Molina Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Could Air on CBS in Prime Time George Foreman: Joshua Could Be Become an All-Time Great Andy Lee Wants Tough Fight, Gennady Golovkin Showdown Carl Frampton: I'll Beat Leo Santa Cruz Even More Convincingly! Jack: DeGale is Very Tough, I’ll Win and Be Best at 168 Arthur Abraham Out Of Martin Murray Rematch In Monte Carlo Craig Cunningham Heading To 154 After Shocker Over Ogogo Photos: Juanma Grinds Hard For Wilfredo Vazquez Grudge Fight Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey Set, Heading To Russia Broner vs. Granados on Feb. 11, Thurman vs. Garcia on March 4 Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Unification Set For January 14 Hosea Burton vs. Frank Buglioni Lands on Anthony Joshua Card Claressa Shields Pro Debut Finalized For Kovalev vs. Ward PPV Payano Eyes December Return in Quest For Second Title Reign Jason Sosa Embraces Smith Defense, Eyes Three Fights in 2017 Arum Apologizes To King For Post-Presidential Debate Vegas Spat Felix Verdejo is Very Eager To Get His Hands on Terry Flanagan Bob Arum on The Possibility of Miguel Cotto vs. Timothy Bradley Abel Sanchez: Ponamarev Likely Back on Lomachenko vs. Walters Bryant Jennings Ready To Step In, Face Anthony Joshua on 12/10 Dereck Chisora: Dillian Whyte is Nothing - I Will Stop Him! Vernon Forrest - Third Man Has Been Convicted in His Murder Pacquiao Feels Brunt of Long Flight, Takes Off From Training Marquez: If Canelo Trades With Golovkin - He's Committing Suicide! Lucas Browne Finds Himself in Limbo After Klitschko's Injury Andre Ward Aims To Set The Record Straight With Sergey Kovalev Video: Joe Smith Jr. Very Pumped To Face Bernard Hopkins Haye Explains Why Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina is Next - Not Price Marrero vs. Zambrano Talks Progress As Purse Bid Looms Klitschko's Manager Says Unfinished Contract Led To 2017 Jump Video: Oscar De La Hoya on Schaefer's Return, Hopkins, More Photos: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr. - Face To Face at Presser Anthony Mundine, Danny Green Rematch Set For February 3

Latest Active Forum Threads