By Miguel Rivera
Tomorrow Friday's TruTV televised card in Puerto Rico, many insiders expected WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13KOs) to get named as the April 9th opponent for Manny Pacquiao. If finalized, it would become the third time the two boxers faced each other. Pacquiao had delayed his decision and the announcement on his next opponent will come at a later date.
Bradley won a twelve round controversial split decision over Pacquiao in 2012. He lost a twelve round decision in the 2014 rematch.
The only difference in a trilogy fight is the man heading Bradley's corner, Teddy Atlas.
Although the Puerto Rican star suffered a competitive defeat in his last fight, Bradley would still like to face Miguel Cotto. Bradley views Cotto as a fight that's more dangerous and more attractive to him.
Cotto lost a twelve round decision to Saul "Canelo" Alavrez. Pacquiao is also returned from defeat. He was lost a twelve round decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May.
Bradley's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, was interested in matching him against the winner of Cotto vs. Canelo, before the Pacquiao opportunity came up.
"Right now we are negotiating. But we do not know if we're going to take the [Pacquiao] fight or not," Bradley said to El Vocero. "I'm here to work on the TruTV card, with Felix Verdejo and Nonito Donaire. But of course I'm also here to discuss business here."
"I've faced Pacquiao twice and if I do it a third time it would be a fight of reckoning if anything else. It's the only way I could describe it. However, Miguel Cotto will be something new. I have never before faced a fighter who's that big and strong. Cotto has always faced the best. He's been in there with everyone. So to get a fight with a fighter like him, with so much class and shown such greatness, inside and outside the ring, it would be great. I've always said that greatness is measured by the amount of risk you take."
"I think anything is possible especially if you have a business person like Jay Z and have the other side, as in my case, a business person like Bob Arum. I think anything is possible and I think the two companies will find a way to do things if they really want the fight. Cotto is a great fighter, a great name. He is a living legend."