Timothy Bradley: I Don't Need Amir Khan, He Needs Me!

Unbeaten Tim Bradley, criticized for rejecting a junior welterweight unification showdown with England's Amir Khan, said made the right choice and wants to fight Khan at some point.

Bradley spoke while promoting his World Boxing Organization title defense on November 12 at Las Vegas against Cuba's Joel Casamayor on the undercard of Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao's welterweight matchup with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Bradley, 27-0 with 11 knockouts, hopes an impressive performance will give him a chance for a big-money fight against Pacquiao, but denies that he ducked Khan, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champ.

"A part of me wanted to get in the ring and do what I wanted to do but I had a plan," Bradley said. "If I was to have fought Amir Khan and beat him, I don't think it would have done anything for my career."

That's because Bradley was feuding with ex-promoter Gary Shaw after a January victory over Devon Alexander. Bradley signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank, Pacquiao's promoter, earlier this month and would not mind seeing Khan now.

"If I was to fight Amir Khan through Top Rank I think it would be huge," he said. "People will see this fight. They will say this guy should fight the top guys in the world.

"Sitting back and thinking about it, we made the right choice (not to fight Khan). I've never had an opportunity to fight on a huge card like this."

Bradley shrugs off the notion he took the easy way to put himself among Pacquiao's potential foes by avoiding Khan, 26-1 with 18 knockouts, and a reported $1.5 million showdown to decide an undisputed champion.

"That don't bother me at all. Criticism don't pay the bills," Bradley said. "One day Amir Khan and me will get in the ring. We will settle it then.

"He can't move without me. I don't need him. He needs me. I don't really care what Amir Khan thinks or what people say about me. When the time is right, Amir and I will settle our differences in the ring."

It won't be soon. Khan defends his titles against American Lamont Peterson at Washington on December 10 and like Bradley is looking to move into the welterweight division, where Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather await.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chunk.. on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;11347876]Bradley made the right choice deal with it...[/QUOTE] Lose to Pac, and still have the Khan fight to fall back on. The hallmarks of a cunt. Timothy ''What if i lose to Khan?'' Bradley.

Comment by fceeviper on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11345048]Timothy Bradley: I Don't Need Amir Khan, He Needs Me![/QUOTE] Bradley you just need to actually [B]fight[/B], at least 3 or four times a year, and not fight 40yr old has-beens..aka Casamayor. Oh and stop using your head as your…

Comment by PensionKillerer on 11-01-2011

3 days Later... Bradley on his period again? Mood changes every week LOL. Bradley needs Khan. Next week... 50/50? Nah I want 70/30 because Khan needs me. Oh wait I got Pacquiao no Khan fight.

Comment by Hougigo on 10-29-2011

So Bradley wants to get out of contract and sign with new promoter.... so he's ducking Khan. But when Khan was supposed to fight Bradley after Bradley fought Peterson but opted to sign with GBP instead.... it's..... not ducking?

Comment by Zocalo on 10-29-2011

[QUOTE=Southpawology;11345066]this guy is delusional. tim bradley is everything thats wrong with boxing[/QUOTE] Yeah pretty much... ***** and cry about fighting someone and then duck him, and then lie to the public.... I don't like Khan at all, but the guy…

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