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Merchant on Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch, Floyd Mayweather

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.”

To listen to a full interview with Naazim Richardson, where he recounts knowing  Danny Garcia and Tim Bradley as amateurs while also pondering a Garcia vs. Bradley matchup, please click HERE
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AgainstTheRopes on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=check hook;14108688]Perhaps this is the delay in announcingTim as the opponent??? Maybe Bob wants to lock him up for a few more years as a condition of making the fight and Tim has other ideas (Mayweather)[/QUOTE] I think its obvious.…

Comment by T.M.T on 01-07-2014

Bradley should whoop him again and get paid

Comment by check hook on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=BUNGALOWS;14106084]I don't want Manny or Bradley to re sign with TR. Imagine the fights either guy has lined up with GBP. UUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHH........[/QUOTE] Khan Maidana Ortiz Garcia Mattysse Guerrero Thuram (further down the line) Bradley and Pac versus any of these…

Comment by check hook on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=iloveboxing2;14106365]Tim ain't fighting Pac for less than 8M, he will seat it out and let his contract with Bob expires. Tim is going after Floyd![/QUOTE] Perhaps this is the delay in announcingTim as the opponent??? Maybe Bob wants to lock…

Comment by check hook on 01-07-2014

[QUOTE=WilkinsOlajuwon;14106066]Would Floyd even fight TB?[/QUOTE] i think yes. A competitive fight because Tim is quick of hand and foot, throws alot and more importantly is a good "boxer" but i don't think he troubles Floyd too much after the first…

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