Bradley was asked to elaborate on the length of his deal with Top Rank. “I’m already extended for another couple of years. I have a goal set in mind that I might go out in another two years but things happen and things change but as of right now that’s the vision,” he said.
Bradley was also asked to give his opinion on fighters continuing to fight into their late 30’s and 40’s. This is something Bradley says he does not want to do and went on to say, “You know I’m going to try not to, man, because I want to be OK mentally. I’ve made a good amount of money. I want to get in and get out with some wits about me because this sport is brutal dog it aint no joke. It will eat you up and spit you right back out.”
Bradley went further into the topic by repeating a story regarding former world champion Iran Barkley. “I just heard a story the other day about Iran Barkley. I hear he’s a homeless guy in the Bronx talking to himself walking around all punch drunk and tore up.
Tim Bradley has made upwards of 10 million dollars in the last 3 years and it seems that he has plans for a life after boxing. Some would say it appears Bradley has one foot out the door so to speak. Bradley had a war with Ruslan Provodikov that I believe has changed him and his outlook on the sport and his health on numerous occasions. Tim has vowed to never again fight in that style ever again. I for one cannot blame Bradley or any other fighter that wants to preserve their health and well being inside and out of the ring. The question will be, is Bradley still the same fighter today that he was 3 years ago and does he still have the same fire that vaulted him into a pound for pound fighter?
As the great Marvin Hagler once said, “It’s hard to get up and do roadwork when your sleeping in satin sheets.” Saturday night we will see if Tim Bradley still has the burning desire that made him a champion or has he become complacent with the seven figure guarantees, the fame, and living the good life. Bradley has given everything he has in his entire career and it appears he might be some what burned out with the sport after being in big PPV fights. With that being said, there is one question that remains: Can Bradley get up for Diego Chaves?