Dunkin (right) believes the Bradley brand, with Top Rank's promotional expertise, can move to another level, even without a Pacquaio rematch.
Tim Bradley isn't having a pity party upon learning that Manny Pacquiao has picked Juan Manuel Marquez as his Dec. 8 dance partner, according to Bradley's manager Cameron Dunkin.
"Nobody's angry," Dunkin told TSS. "We understand, it's Manny's call. Timmy's fine. We weren't sure which way it was gonna go, but it's a lot of money, a big fight."
Me, I'd have like to have seen some of that money left on the table--I know, easy for me to say!--so Pacman could show the world that the judges were on mushrooms on June 9, when Duane Ford and CJ Ross out-voted Jerry Roth, and handed Bradley the split decision victory. But maybe next time...
Dunkin said he's pumped to build the Bradley brand, bring the California boxer to NYC, likely the MSG Theatre, for an end of November or mid December date. Some names that could be in the mix for a Bradley-NYC bout include Jan Zaveck, Carson Jones, Kell Brook, Joshua Clottey, Brad Solomon, Shawn Porter, Thomas Dulorme, Carlos Quintana and Randall Bailey, if he doesn't reset his date with Devon Alexander.
"Let's build Tim Bradley," Dunkin said. "Maybe Pacman down the road, if not, let's make Tim the great champion he has the potential to be." Sometimes I get the sense, just a gut feeling, that Pacquiao could wave adios to the game at any time; Dunkin agrees. "That's what I think. I don't know anything about that, but he doesn't look like the same highly motivated guy. But we've been attached to Pacquiao for so long, now we go and stand on our own."
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