NEW YORK — Former two-division world titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr., who retired in 2017 after a 12-year pro career, said he would consider a making a comeback if he could get either of two fights he is interested in.
“I would come back for an Amir Khan fight and I would come back for an Errol Spence fight,” Bradley told ESPN on Thursday.
Bradley is in New York to work in his role as an ESPN analyst on the pay-per-view card headlined by the Terence Crawford-Khan welterweight world title fight on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Bradley made his comments just moments before Khan arrived for his fighter meeting with Bradley and the rest of the ESPN broadcast crew at the fight hotel.
After Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs), 35, of Palm Springs, California, lost a third fight to Manny Pacquiao in April 2016, he took some time to decide what he wanted to do and eventually announced his retirement in August 2017 before moving into his broadcaster role.
Bradley said he wants to fight Khan because “Khan told me when I got off the scale (after weighing in for the first fight) against Manny Pacquiao that I needed to grow some balls and fight him,” Bradley said. “He was lucky I didn’t slap him right there. And I said that before I die it didn’t matter if he’s in a wheelchair or not, I said I wanted to whup his ass. He said I ran from him but I was fighting Pacquiao.”
In 2011, a fight between Bradley and Khan would have been one of the most significant in boxing. They each held two of the 140-pound world titles and a meeting would have been for the undisputed championship. There had been significant discussions for them to fight, but Bradley was in the midst of changing promoters from Gary Shaw to Top Rank.
Once Bradley signed with Top Rank, it gave him a title defense against Joel Casamayor in late 2011 to set the stage for the biggest money fight he could have had at the time — a showdown for Pacquiao’s welterweight world title in June 2012 — and a fight with Khan went by the wayside.
Khan (33-4, 20 KOs), 32, of England, lost his titles by controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in December 2011 and Bradley won an extremely controversial decision over Pacquiao, setting both on new paths.
As for welterweight world titleholder Spence (25-0, 21 KOs), 29, of DeSoto, Texas, who is one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, Bradley said he wanted to fight him “just because he’s the boogeyman. I want to come back and fight the best.”