FORMER two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa believes Timothy Bradley is the better option as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent when the Filipino hero returns to the ring on November 10.
More so if the boxing superstar is eyeing an early 2013 clash with rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Less money, pero less risk,” was Penalosa's description of a fight with Bradley when asked about his thoughts on who his bosom buddy should pick as possible foe.
Bradley, who dethroned Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title belt in a stunning upset last June, is currently on a short list being considered by the Filipino ring legend and his promoter Bob Arum that also included Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and longshot Miguel Cotto.
Bradley is eager to fight in a rematch and on Wednesday has even taunted Pacquiao in a bid to make the fight, saying the Filipino is scared to fight him.
"To be honest with you, I think a lot of people on that side are scared. He couldn't knock me out with two peg legs. Me healthy, I'm going to beat him worse," Bradley told his hometown paper in Vegas the Desert Sun.
Penalosa, who just turned 40, said Bradley doesn’t pose as big a threat as Marquez.
“Sabi nila baka walang manood nung Bradley, hayaan mo na, at least lahat naman ng tao alam tinalo siya ni Manny nung naglaban sila,” stressed the southpaw boxer from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
Pay-per-view buys are also expected not to be favorable on a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, considering their initial fight only earned a total of 700,000 hits.
Bradley could likewise asked for a higher prize purse following his victory, and at the same time, refused to have Pacquiao his usual huge take of $25 million considering the Filipino is coming off his first career loss in seven years.
In contrast, a fight with Marquez will definitely make another killing in pay-per-view buys the way 1.4 million hits did when they last fought nine months ago.
But expect the bout to be a greater risk for Pacquiao.
“Kapag si Marquez, delikado pa,” Penalosa added about the 38-year-old Mexican who had given Pacquiao fits in their trilogy.
An easy fight against Bradley could also be a perfect prelude to a fight with Mayweather in a potential blockbuster bout next year.
“Kung gusto niya talaga Mayweather isunod, mag-Bradley siya,” adviced Penalosa.