Earlier today, WBO champion and The Ring's No. 2 junior welterweight Timothy Bradley held a press conference to announce that he was officially signing with Top Rank Boxing.
I'm not Bob Arum's biggest fan, but realistically speaking, in the dysfunctional world of professional boxing, Timothy Bradley signing with Top Rank has to be viewed as a good thing.
We have already missed out on a classic showdown at 140 pounds between Bradley and Amir Khan, due to the fact that Bradley was unhappy with his promotional team.
At 28 years of age, Bradley is unquestionably one of the sport's 20 biggest stars—The Ring ranks him a very lofty No. 6 on its pound-for-pound list.
In today's sports-media world, it takes a team like Top Rank to get him the types of fights he deserves.
Bradley is an explosive athlete with legitimate skills. He has a bullying, whirlwind style. Bradley, 27-0, has only 11 knockouts, so I'm not ready to call him the second coming of Aaron Pryor. But, he might be the closest we're going to get in real time on a Saturday night.
Bradley is scheduled to fight Joel Casamayor, 38(22)-5-1, on November 12th on the under card of Pacquiao-Marquez. It would be a shock to almost everybody who follows boxing if Bradley did anything other than win convincingly.
Beyond that bout, a slew of potential superfights awaits.