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Bradley: Pacquiao 'easy work' for Floyd

ESPN staff
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WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley reckons Floyd Mayweather Jr would "flatten" Manny Pacquiao if they ever fought.

It is the latest in a series of inflammatory comments from Bradley, who seems to be on a mission to goad Pacquiao in a bid to convince him to agree to a rematch. Bradley took the WBO title on a disputable judges' decision when they met earlier this year.

His claim has some relevance because there is fresh hope that Pacquiao and Mayweather can agree terms for an April 2013 meeting, with Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, expressing a willingness to negotiate with 50 Cent, who it is assumed will play a more significant role in promoting Mayweather in future, having helped establish TMT Promotions.

But Bradley has complicated the situation by expressing his desire to battle Mayweather at some point.

"I have options. I'm the champion," Bradley said to Ring TV. "I feel as if I'm the No. 2 fighter at 147 pounds, and that's behind Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"Once Floyd flattens Manny Pacquiao, which is going to happen if they ever fight, then me and Floyd can get it on. That's easy work for Floyd."

Pacquiao is expected to announce who his November opponent will be at some point next week. As well as Bradley, Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez are believed to be in the mix.

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