By Rick Reeno
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11KOs) recently signed a promotional agreement with Top Rank. He debuts under the Top Rank banner on November 12th, as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The finalized opponent is former champion Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22KOs) of Cuba.
Bradley sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss the upcoming fight with Casamayor, the consistant verbal attacks from his division rival Amir Khan, a possible fight down the line with Manny Pacquiao, and much more.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts on Amir Khan's verbal attacks.
[Khan] needs me. He needs to fight me to get the recognition that he's really looking for. There's a lot of other fights out there for me. I think I'm in a good position.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts regarding Khan's critical comments about his fight with Casamayor, and how the Cuban fighter fired back.
Casamayor felt like he was disrespected and he was. [Khan] is talking about me 'fighting an old man' and how 'Casamayor was washed up.' I'm like 'dude, that's Casamayor that you're talking to.' That dude has only lost to the best. He only lost to the best fighters in the world. He never lost to no Breidis Prescott. This guy is the real deal. Yeah he's older, but he's still crafty and he's still there. The guy is dangerous. [Khan] just fought Zab [Judah]. Khan just fought an old man. He was once a great fighter, but he's got a lot of wear and tear on him.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts on the critics who question his career decisions.
I fought great fighters and I've accomplished some great accomplishments in the ring. I won championships. I had to earn my titles. I was never handed any title. I fought Junior Witter when he was one of the most feared fighters at the time. I fought Kendall Holt, a real dangerous guy. I took the fight with Devon [Alexander]. Amir, let me see him fight against Kendall Holt. He would get his ass knocked out. Kendall Holt will put him to sleep.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts regarding the possibilty of exercising an immediate shot at WBC champion Erik Morales.
I got bigger fish to fry. I paid my dues in this game. I paid my dues. I deserve a shot at any pound for pound guy out there. There's Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and I deserve a shot at those two right there.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts regarding a possible fight with Pacquiao.
I don't know when that fight will happen. It could be a year from now or two years from now. But I know one thing, I would give him hell. I would give it everything I got to beat that guy. He's been sitting on the throne for a while now and I can see that he's starting to get hit a little bit more now.
BoxingScene.com: Bradley's thoughts regarding a possible move to welterweight in early 2012.
I don't know. I do want to move up, but I don't know what they have planned for me yet. We'll do this fight and we'll see after this fight if I'm going to have another fight [at 140]. I'm 28 now. I'm getting naturally bigger. As you get older you get naturally bigger. I'm having a little problem maintaining the weight and getting it down there, but I'll get the weight down. It's going to be alright.
BoixngScene.com: Bradley's thoughts regarding a possible fight with good friend, and IBF welterweight champion, Andre Berto.
I think Berto has some unfinished business with Victor Ortiz and I think he gets him in the second fight.