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Timothy Bradley's Next Fight: Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez on Bob Arum's Radar

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2015

Timothy Bradley stands in the ring after fighting Brandon Rios in a WBO welterweight title bout Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher/Associated Press

Timothy Bradley has his pick of the welterweight litter after his ninth-round knockout of Brandon Rios on Saturday night. According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, he is in line to face off with either Manny Pacquiao or Canelo Alvarez in his next bout.

"Bradley is certainly now a hot commodity, and he could face Pacquiao again or face Canelo," Arum said, per BoxingScene.com's Rick Reeno. "Money [will decide which fight he will take], as far as Bradley is concerned."

If money is in fact a decisive factor for Bradley, you'd think Pacquiao would be the way to go. Only Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a higher profile in the sport, and Pacquiao is expected to retire from boxing following his next bout, thus creating more buzz for the occasion.

Bradley and Pacquiao have already fought twice, with each fighter earning a win. Of course, the scoring in Bradley's win was quite contentious. The World Boxing Organization commissioned a panel of five independent judges, all of whom scored in favor of Pacquiao, shortly after the result.

Pacquiao may already have other plans anyway. Arum said on Nov. 3 that Amir Khan and Terence Crawford are the two favorites to fight Pac-Man and that "Top Rank will send a contract to one when Manny makes his decision," per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.

However, the Top Rank head then said after Bradley's victory over the weekend Pacquiao will take a look at the fight and ultimately make a decision, per Rafael.

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Bradley/Alvarez would arguably make for a better matchup, but boxing fans would likely be upset with Canelo fighting anybody other than Gennady Golovkin. ESPN's Brian Campbell is among those arguing against Canelo and Bradley meeting in the ring:

Brian Campbell @BCampbellCBS

No more Canelo-Bradley talk. Stop.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes neither Pacquiao nor Canelo would be much of a draw against Bradley down the line, thus rendering the debate somewhat pointless:

Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS

Nobody cares about Canelo/Bradley. Nobody cares about Pacquiao/Bradley. Make whatever fight you want, but understand that is a truth.

Pacquiao and Canelo are unquestionably two of the best fighters in the world, but Bradley isn't the most enthralling star to watch. Before Saturday, his last knockout was all the way back in 2011 against Joel Casamayor.

Bradley's lack of star power could serve to drag down the overall spectacle of his fight, no matter whom his opponent proves to be.

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