MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. believes he has a lot of options for his next boxing match and wants to fight the best opponent possible.
Bradley said he has fully recovered from the foot injuries he suffered during his controversial victory against Filipino fight king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao last June.
“I’m fine, I’m good. I’m getting around,” he said in an interview with RingTV. “I’m healthy and I’m just ready to get back into the ring and to get in shape and to get ready.”
Bradley, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, is waiting for Pacquiao to make a decision regarding a possible rematch between them on November 10.
Bradley defeated Pacquiao in a controversial fight last June via split decision, although most boxing media and fans believe the Filipino was robbed of victory.
“Once Pacquiao makes up his mind, and if he’s not fighting me, then I’m ready to look for another option. If it’s me, great. If it’s not, then I know why,” Bradley said.
“I think that we would all know why. It’s plain and simple, I mean, I don’t need to chase anyone. I’m the champ. So everybody wants my spot.”
Bradley said he has a lot of options for his next fight, but is “looking for the best opponents out there.”
“I’m not looking for any tune-ups or any B-class fighters,” he said. “I’m looking for the best... I’m looking to take forward steps and not backward steps.”
“I’ve been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world. If Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to fight me, then I’m looking for a Floyd Mayweather fight,” Bradley added. “Or I’m looking for a Miguel Cotto fight.”
“I’m looking for these top dogs that have been around for a long time. Those are the types of fights that I’m looking for. I belong in the ring with these guys.”
Bradley said he will understand if Pacquiao chooses not to fight him in a rematch.
“I believe that he’s scared, and I believe that he would be doing it out of business,” he said. “But for the most part, it is what it is. I’m not going to chase nobody. I’m the champ. I can fight anybody I want to fight.”
Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum has said that he is not keen on a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, especially as their first bout did not generate over a million pay-per-view buys. In comparison, Pacquiao’s trilogy bout against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez generated 1.4 million PPV buys.
But Bradley believes the real reason Pacquiao does not want to fight him is because the Filipino sees him as “too high of a risk.”
“I’m too high of a risk. It’s plain and simple. I’m one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world hands down,” Bradley said. “And you know, I think there is a possibility that he might go a different route.”
“I’m not sure what (Pacquiao) is thinking. For the most part, I’m not sure what’s going to go down,” he added.
“But I’m a problem for anybody. I’m a problem for anybody and that’s the truth of the matter.”