By Ryan Burton
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley recently appeared on the latest edition of 'The Boxing Lab,' BoxingScene.com's official audio show. Bradley debuts under the Top Rank banner on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He faces former champion Joel Casamayor.
Bradley on his upcoming fight versus Joel Casamayor:
"Casamayor is still strong. He may be older but power is the last thing to go. He has a reason to get up for this fight. I have everything to lose and he has everything to gain. He is a dirty fighter and knows the tricks of the trade. I am going to have a talk with the ref before the fight. if Casamayor gets dirty with me then you know I will get him back eventually. The ref better do what he is supposed to do because I am going to do what I have to do. I am going to shine on the 12th. He can bring his momma in the ring and I will get her too. It doesn't matter."
Bradley on when he knew it was time to change promoters:
"When I fought in Silverdome (in Pontiac, MI) it was the last draw. That fight should have been in LA, Vegas or NY. That is when I knew it was time to make a move. The Bradley brand will be built by Top Rank. I have 3 belts and no one knows who I am. I can walk down the street and people don't know who I am. My former promoters did all that they good and I am thankful for that but Top Rank will take me to the next level."
Bradley's thoughts on Manny Pacquiao's upcoming fight versus Juan Manuel Marquez:
"To be honest with you I think Marquez will hang with him early but if Manny doesn't cramp up I think he will get him out of there. Marquez seems to have his number but it has been some years since they last fought. Manny is a different beast now."
Bradley's thoughts on the ending of the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight:
"No disrespect to Ortiz but he made a rookie mistake. You live and you learn. To me... apologizing....come on man. One time is good. You learn in the amateurs that one apology from a distance is fine. Floyd did sneak him but you know what, after getting headbutted in the mouth who wouldn't do that?
Bradley on Ortiz's reaction to the first punch that ultimately led to him being knockout out:
I don't get this part. If you get hit by a hook like Floyd hit him with wouldn't your first instinct be to put your hands up or duck? if I went up to you and popped you in the mouth wouldn't you put your hands up? Just like in a street fight your natural instinct would be to protect yourself. If he would have put his hands up he would have never got knocked out. He would have just got staggered (by the first punch) but instead he just looked over at the ref. He made a rookie mistake. He is young and strong but like Floyd said he had experience. If it was me I wouldn't even have apologized. He had just gotten Floyd flustered. Isn't that what he wanted?
Bradley on his preference in facing Pacquiao or Mayweather:
I would prefer to fight Pacquiao than Mayweather. Stylistically he fits to my game. His speed and quickness I can match up with. Mayweather is more of a defensive fighter. I think a fight with Pacquiao would be more exciting.
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