By Chris Robinson
At the moment, the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao is still undecided, with Ruslan Provodnikov and Tim Bradley in the running for the shot.
During a recent conversation with veteran color analyst Larry Merchant, he reflected back on Bradley’s memorable 2013 campaign and the topic of a second encounter with Pacquiao.
“He’s making some serious money these days,” Merchant said of Bradley. “And to get that fight he might have to extend his contract with Top Rank. Then you see what happens. Maybe he wins legitimately or decisively the next time out. How does that change the landscape?”
Merchant then expressed some interest in Bradley one day challenging Floyd Mayweather in a high-stakes showdown that would undoubtedly need to see either Golden Boy Promotions, who assist staging Floyd’s fights, or Top Rank, who handle Pacquiao, bend in their ongoing cold war.
“How big would that possibly make a fight with Mayweather and would that put pressure on both promoters to make an agreement for that fight?” Merchant asked. “I don’t think any of us really know at this point because it’s going to depend on whether the fight with Pacquiao gets made and how he does in that fight.”
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