MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley wants to fight Manny Pacquiao, too. But apparently, it comes with a hefty price.
The WBO welterweight champion is reportedly asking for a $10 million pay for his second clash with the Filipino superstar, according to color commentator Ed Tolentino.
According to the boxing analyst, Bradley has the inside track among the candidates for an April fight with Pacquiao.
“Ang problema as of last week, medyo malaki ang presyo na hinihingi ni Bradley. Almost $10 million ang gusto n'yang presyo,” Tolentino said in an interview on dzMM’s Sports Talk.
Tolentino found the asking price too high as the first fight between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2012 wasn’t a pay-per-view hit.
The bout also had a controversial ending as Bradley walked away with the WBO belt despite apparently being dominated by Pacquiao.
“Hindi naman pupwede yun dahil noong una silang naglaban noong 2012 ay na hokus pokus lang naman ang desisyon eh,” Tolentino said of Bradley’s demand. “Kung meron pwedeng humingi ng ganoong amount siguro si Juan Manuel Marquez kasi nga talagang pinatulog niya sa Pacquiao.”
Although the rematch looks less palatable than a possible slugfest between Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov, Tolentino said the Bradley fight appears to be a more practical option for the 35-year-old Filipino.
“Ito ang pinaka-safest fight para kay Pacquiao to keep the mega fight with [Floyd] Mayweather alive and warm,” he said.
Tolentino reasoned that the fighting congressman can not afford another loss at this stage of his career as it might doom hopes of making the Pacquiao-Mayweather superbout.
“Another resounding defeat ay hindi na magiging maganda kay Pacquiao. Pacquiao has to think long term,” said the analyst.