A year ago at this time, many in the boxing world were questioning Tim Bradley’s decision not to fight Amir Khan and clean up the 140-pound division.
The two were supposed to fight in July, 2011 and unify the 140-pound belts. But Bradley was embroiled in a dispute with his former promoter Gary Shaw. Shaw wanted to extend his promotional deal with the undefeated champion, but Bradley wanted to become a free agent.
As a result, the fight didn’t happen. Bradley was offered as much as $1.4 million for the bout. At the time, most considered Bradley foolish for leaving that kind of money on the table. Even the Neutral Corner questioned the wisdom of Bradley and his managers.
Fast forward to July 2, 2012: Bradley, who recently scored a split-decision win over Manny Pacquiao and earned $5 million in the process, can now tell everyone ‘I told you so’.
Had Bradley (30-0) fought Khan, there’s no guarantee he would be where he is today. He might’ve lost, which would’ve certainly put his career on a different path.
Fans and media members can certainly question his controversial win over Pacquiao, but considering where Bradley was last year, he deserves credit. Instead of staying with Shaw, Bradley held out for the bigger prize, signed with Top Rank, and made more money against Pacquiao than he did his entire career.
As for his future, a rematch with Pacquiao sometime in November, which will trigger a large payday, is a virtual certainty.