CATHEDRAL CITY — WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley signed his contract Thursday night to finalize his dream fight. Bradley will fight Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown.
“Signed, sealed and delivered,” Bradley said in a telephone interview with The Desert Sun immediately after faxing in his contract just before 7 p.m. on Thursday night.
“I’m happy with everything,” Bradley said. “My manager is the best in the business. Cameron Dunkin is the best in the business, no doubt. He is the man. So is my wife (Monica). Well, she’s not a man, though.”
Bradley wouldn’t talk details about his contract. However, Pacquiao’s recent opponents have earned around $5 million.
Pacquiao, a congressman in Manilla, Philippines, is one of boxing’s superstars, having won world titles in eight different divisions over the course of his career.
Bradley said the fight will be on pay-per-view through HBO, which also means there will be a 24/7 documentary on Bradley and Pacquiao leading up to the fight on the network.
“It’s everything and more. I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Bradley said. “I’m going to do what I do. I’m going to get to work and I’m definitely shooting for the stars. I’m going to be 110 percent ready for this fight.”
According to Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun, promoter Bob Arum said, “Manny is going to get his biggest guaranteed purse in this fight.”
While figures weren’t released, Pacquiao is expected to make a career-high $25 million for the fight, topping his pervious high of $22 million in November for his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, according to the Las Vegas Sun report.
On Bradley’s website, TimothyDesertStormBradley.com, it says “Let’s Get It On,” with the fight information.
On Facebook, Bradley posted, “OK Facebook friends it is official my manager has helped make my dream come true and I have now signed my bout contract against Manny Pacquiao! It’s time to get to work baby!”