"I'm making a challenge right now, baby. Manny Pacquiao, come break down this wall, baby. Manny, come break down this wall. I challenge Manny Pacquiao at 147 pounds," stated WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who was fresh off of a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Carlos Abregu as he made a successful debut in the welterweight division. Unfortunately for Bradley, however, I'm not quite sure if his performance was worthy enough of getting the attention of Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum.
Fighting in front of a moderate crowd at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, Bradley controlled the fight from start to finish, fighting behind a consistent jab and fast combinations. That being said, his opponent, Carlos Abregu, seemed tentative at times, fighting in short bursts and appearing reluctant to let his hands go, likely due to the fear of being countered by the much faster hands of Bradley. As the fight progressed, it fell into a pattern of Bradley outworking Abregu round after round with combinations and an occassional big shot. Although Abregu would have his moments in the later rounds, they were too little too late, as Bradley cruised to a fairly easy unanimous decision. The judges scorecards were 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112.
During the post-fight interview, Bradley made sure to throw his name into the mix for a potential showdown with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, now that Bob Arum has declared that Top Rank no longer exclusively negotiating a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Although it was a bold move for Bradley, perhaps someone should have informed him that Arum also said that the only other potential opponents he's persuing are Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, who also fall under the Top Rank banner. Why not Bradley, you ask? Arum has a simple reason. "Tim Bradley is a tremendous fighter and he's a great young man, but the problem with a guy like Tim Bradley is that even though you and I know what a superb fighter he is, the public doesn't really know," Arum explained during today's early-morning conference call.
So realistically, what's next for Bradley? "Anybody. Any of the top guys out there, especially you Devon Alexander. If everything is alright, the money's right, everything's lined up, I'll fight you next. You Devon, Maidana and Khan. I'll fight all of them. I'm a throwback fighter, baby, I'll fight all of them," Bradley would continue as informed Max Kellerman of the backup plan.
Also on the undercard, jr. middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo made quick work of former champion Joachim Alcine, punishing him with a barrage of punches throughout the first round and virtually having him out on his feet against the ropes before the referee jumped in to call a halt to the action with just 1 second left in the round. With the win, Angulo improves his record to 19-1 with 16 KOs.