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 Last update:  1/30/2014       Read more by Ryan Burton         
Tim Bradley Explains Reasons For Staying at Top Rank
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By Ryan Burton recently caught up with WBO welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley who recently agreed to a lucrative contract extension with Top Rank and also agreed to a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. The fight takes place on April 12th at the MGM Grand.

Bradley said that in addition to the monetary aspects of the deal, he also stayed with Top Rank because of his relationship with the Las Vegas, Nevada based company.

"I am very happy with the deal. I am making six million dollars for this fight. I am very familiar with them. I don't know anyone over there at Golden Boy. I like the familiarity and I have made a lot of money with Top Rank so I didn't feel any reason to go somewhere else. I used to fight on Showtime and had a great relationship with them but those people have changed and I don't know the new people.

"HBO and Top Rank have been good to me even though Top Rank and I have a love/hate relationship. 'Are you married? You are married right (as I reply yes)? I like to say it is like when you are married. It is like I can't stand you today but I still love you (laughs again)'" Bradley explained.

Fans and insiders alike speculated that Bradley may opt to not sign an extension and instead become a free agent so he could sign with chief Top Rank rival Golden Boy and pursue a fight against Floyd Mayweather. Golden Boy and Top Rank haven't worked together in years and during that time Mayweather has only faced Golden Boy promoted fighters and Pacquiao has only faced Top Rank promoted fighters.

Bradley said that even if he signed with Golden Boy that still wouldn't guarantee him a fight with the pound for pound king but feels he will still get big fights.

"I know a lot of fans were upset saying I should have left or this and that but there was no guarantee I was going to get the Mayweather fight. We don't know if that would have happened. People also say they want to see me and (Danny) Garcia fight so they are upset but you know what, these contracts are going to be up too and I am going to put pressure on them to make these fights. Maybe they can come to the other side. People have talked about Mayweather fighting Pacquiao for years and we haven't seen that fight so how do I know I would have got it? People can get mad but at the end of the day I have to take care of my family and do what is right for me," Bradley told

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Tags: Timothy Bradley , Manny Pacquiao , Top Rank , Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch , Pacquiao vs Bradley Rematch


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comment by K-Nan, on 02-06-2014
Bradley is the arguably the best fighter over at Top Rank. Not the case at Golden Boy. I agree with him that he should take the better deal. At the end of the day this sport will chew you up and spit you out so why not worry about family and get the most $ you can while in your prime? Its not Bra...

comment by elfag, on 01-31-2014
bradley has already fought everyone there is to fight at top rank. Also he is the only one I would pick to be danny other than floyd and pac. jmm i think is too old and gets hit enough. bradley is very hard to hit

comment by Koba-Grozny, on 01-31-2014
[QUOTE=CLUE]Fighters have somehow been brainwashed to accept it. Its pretty damn crazy, they just let their promoters do whatever they want when it comes to booking them fights with other promoters, like the fighter has no say.[/QUOTE] Fighters fight...they usually look at the numbers put in fro...

comment by $mannyFresh, on 01-31-2014
IMO, if you're a top tier fighter, you're usually better with top rank than any other promoter. My problem with the company is that they've been so stingy with their matchups; putting together the worst undercards I've seen on PPV... Although they've gotten better recently, they're still wel...

comment by Koba-Grozny, on 01-31-2014
[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy]Am going to the UK (London to be exact) next year around April, and no offence to you but I don't want to leave without whatching a ManU game vs anybody. how far do I have to travel to see one of this games?[/QUOTE] I'll dig you out a schedule, but if you wanna see Man U ...

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