Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. did not just seal a rematch with Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao as he also agreed to a contract extension with promoters Top Rank.
There were reports that a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch was being held up because the American balked at a contract extension with Top Rank, but both the boxer and the promoter denied this.
“As far as the extension goes, Top Rank definitely has taken care of me, and I’m happy with all of the terms, and we’ve made an agreement,” Bradley said, as quoted by RingTV.
“They gave me everything I asked for. I’m not going to get this kind of deal anywhere else. I’m satisfied and ready to move forward with my career and to fight Manny Pacquiao again,” he added.
Arum said there were no “divisive issues” regarding Bradley’s contract extension when they were negotiating.
“The issues were the terms of the extension, and the details of the extension, and they were not issues that were divisive issues,” said the promoter. “They were issues which had to be agreed upon by all parties, and they were, such as the minimums and all of that sort of stuff.”
“But there was never any debate or any argument or anything involving pressures about extending the contract,” Arum added.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Bradley, from the get-go, said that Top Rank had done great things for him, and that he had earned fantastic amounts of money with Top Rank. He wanted to continue for the foreseeable balance of his career to work with Top Rank,” Arum said.
Bradley also confirmed that he has split from his manager, Cameron Dunkin, who handled his career since 2009.
Dunkin also works with Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
“I can’t say anything bad about Cameron. He was a great manager, and he did a lot for me, and I thank him for that. That’s pretty much it. I’m moving forward with my career,” said Bradley.
Bradley will face off against Pacquiao again on April 12.
He already holds a victory over Pacquiao, having been awarded a controversial split decision when they first fought in June 2012.
Pacquiao’s own contract with Top Rank will expire at the end of 2014, but Arum told ESPN.com that the Filipino’s fight contract with Bradley does not include terms for a contract extension.
“We are engaged in discussions on an extension, but we’re not there yet,” he said.