By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO) did what everyone thought he would do in beating Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24 KOs) last Saturday night in a fight televised by HBO. There was no question that Bradley was going to beat Rios in this fight, as he came into the fight as a 5:1 favorite to win.
The real surprise was how easily Bradley won the fight, and how out of shape Rios looked. He had the look of somehow who was totally ill prepared to fight on that night.
With Rios now behind him, the question now is does the 32-year-old Bradley rate a fight against middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) in his next fight? That’s a fight that Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum mentioned recently. He would like to match Bradley against Canelo or Manny Pacquiao. But since there are very few boxing fans who want to see a third fight between Bradley and Pacquiao, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a third fight with these two guys.
If Bradley-Pacquiao isn’t happening, then does Bradley deserve a fight against Canelo? Where does Gennady Golovkin figure into the equation? After all, shouldn’t he be the one who gets the Canelo fight? I could see a scenario where Bradley might deserve a fight against Canelo if the popular Mexican fighter loses to Cotto on November 21st, but definitely not if he beats him.