WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley has finally put pen to paper on his lucrative contract to fight welterweight belt holder Manny Pacquiao for a reported fee of around $5,000,000.
The undefeated 28 year-old from California had wanted the bout long before he was signed up by Bob Arum last year to Top Rank, after which, his name was added to Pacquiao’s shortlist for a possible clash in 2012.
The fight is now a reality for June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Bradley could not hide his delight when speaking to his local newpaper The Desert Sun on the phone late last night.
“Signed, sealed and delivered!” exclaimed Bradley. “I’m happy with everything. My manager is the best in the business. Cameron Dunkin is the best in the business, no doubt. He is the man. So is my wife (Monica). Well, she’s not a man, though.”
“It’s everything and more. I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Bradley stated. “I’m going to do what I do. I’m going to get to work and I’m definitely shooting for the stars. I’m going to be 110 percent ready for this fight.”
Pacquiao, 33, goes into the fight knowing that only a crushing knockout performance of two-time unified champion Bradley will suffice to keep interest high for a global super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.