It looks like Tim Bradley is back on the boxing map.
After a brief hiatus due to his legal issues with former promoter Gary Shaw, Bradley (27-0) will step into the ring on November 12 on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard to face Joel Casamayor (38-5-1), the Desert Sun reported on Thursday.
So what does Bradley’s return to the ring mean to the sport? Potentially, it means big money for Bradley, Top Rank and a fired up boxing audience that wanted to see the WBO 140-pound champion fight Amir Khan last July.
There’s no word when that fight will happen since Khan is represented by Golden Boy Promotions. Golden Boy and Top Rank remain at odds with each other.
Those differences could be set aside in this case, however, considering the money Bradley left on the table (a guarantee $1.4 million from Shaw, plus half of the British TV rights) to fight Khan last summer. That payday might be doubled with Top Rank handling the negotiations.
More importantly, the promotion of Bradley will get more intense under Top Rank’s umbrella. Bradley was not happy with his promotion under Shaw.
“I'm just so happy. I don't know what to say man. I'm so excited,” Bradley told The Desert Sun. “Wow. It's unbelievable. It's very unbelievable. Everything was looking down, looking down, and boom. Now everything is starting to look up.”
Bradley hasn’t fought since gaining a technical decision against Devon Alexander on January 29. Casamayor was a quality fighter for a long time, so most will view the bout as a tune up for a bigger fight next spring.
Bradley’s dealings with Shaw are not over, though. Shaw still has a lawsuit for breach of contract pending against Bradley for turning down the offer to fight Khan. Bradley told the Desert Sun he was clear to fight.
“As far as the lawsuit goes, I'm not sure,” he said. “All I know is my lawyers are on it, and they gave me the OK to fight.”