Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4: Should Floyd Mayweather Fight Timothy Bradley Now?

Mick AkersAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2012

Feb 28; New York, NY, USA; Floyd Mayweather speaks during the press conference announcing his fight against Miguel Cotto. The two will meet May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Now that the fourth edition of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez is all but set in stone (per many will wonder if Floyd Mayweather should take on the man Pacquiao passed on to fight Marquez, Timothy Bradley. The answer is simple; yes.

Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) was awarded a highly controversial split-decision victory over "Pac-Man" this past June, setting up the perfect opportunity for Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) to fight the first man to beat Pacquiao in about seven years.

Mayweather has long been linked to Pacquiao, with the two pound-for-pound greats rumored to fight numerous times over the past few years, but the two fighters' camps have yet to come to terms that satisfies both parties.

If Mayweather can't get in the ring with "Pac-Man" himself, who better to fight than the man who just beat the Filipino a few months ago? Mayweather should be foaming at the mouth to show the world what he could do in a fight against Bradley.

Bradley, like Mayweather, is a defensive fighter, but the similarities in styles would put "Desert Storm" at a disadvantage, as Mayweather is possibly the best defensive fighter the sport has ever seen.

If the defensive showdown was producing a lack of action, Mayweather showed in his last bout against Miguel Cotto in May that he is not afraid to push the action forward, even if it means taking a few shots in return.

The fans would also be interested to see what Mayweather could do against Bradley, which would guarantee a strong pay-per-view showing, something that Mayweather values for any fight he takes.

With the available opponents out there for Mayweather at this time, Bradley and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) are the two most attractive fights, as beating an undefeated champ would only boost "Money's" career in the long run.

Beating Bradley would give Mayweather another leg up on Pacquiao in a possible fight negotiations between the two. If Mayweather owned a win over an opponent that beat Pacquiao, then his case to make more in a possible super fight would make even more sense.