MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. will make his return to the boxing ring later this year, but it will not be against the opponent he wants.
Bradley, who shocked the boxing world in June when he upset Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will most likely fight again in November or December.
Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum confirmed to Dan Rafael of ESPN that Bradley will fight on either of those months against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Arum also told Rafael that he wants Bradley to fight at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bradley has lobbied for a rematch with Pacquiao, but the Filipino boxer has chosen to fight Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez instead of fighting the American for a second time.
Pacquiao’s decision upset Bradley, who called the Filipino a “chicken.”
“I can’t believe these guys. He didn’t want any part of me. Marquez is an easier fight,” Bradley said in an interview with The Desert Sun.
Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, would rather hold the fighter’s return bout in December instead of November.
Bradley would also rather fight in Southern California, where he is currently based, instead of New York.
Dunkin also said Bradley will not fight on the undercard of any event, as he wants the American to be the headliner.
“We want him to be a star and we want him to be special,” Dunkin told The Desert Sun. “Top Rank said he has all the attributes to do that.”
There are also concerns regarding who Bradley’s opponent will be, but Dunkin only said he wants an “appealing fight” for the American fighter.
“Tim’s a likeable guy, and I want to get him back out in public so people can see his smile and the Tim Bradley we all know and love,” Dunkin said.