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Rumors, hype, gossip.. There’s plenty of it in boxing. That is why you have to make sure your sources are trustworthy in this industry and do your job right and the diligence to crosscheck your information. That’s why I post actual audios of my interviews and prefer sources like Elie Seckbach of ESNEWSReporting.com who provides visuals and irrefutable proof of his content. Just because someone on the inside leaks a rumor, doesn’t mean it’s truth.
With all the false info floating around in the world wide web, I decided to run a column exposing some of these questionable reports. Boxing fans deserve nothing less than the truth, unless you want to start reading your boxing news from TMZ and Perez Hilton.
Speaking of which, there was a report floated on the net by a popular Mayweather hype machine blog site stating that undefeated WBC and WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy Bradley had signed with Top Rank promotions. The blog site exclaimed that the Palm Springs based fighter had been silent for a while so they decided to break some news for him when they ran quotes from trainer Jesse Reid that the fighter has indeed signed with Bob Arum’s promotional company. The editor of the blog site even posted the topic “TIMOTHY BRADLEY SIGNS WITH TOP RANK” in bold letters on the popular boxing forum PACLAND.
Don’t do me any favors like that, Bradley’s response was, as he told veteran journalist Lem Satterfield that there isn’t any truth to the report.
“Basically, whatever this guy Jesse Reid is saying, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I haven’t signed with Top Rank. I don’t talk to Jesse Reid. I know of him, but I don’t talk to him like that. I don’t know where he’s getting his information from, but I’m not officially signed with Top Rank or anybody or Golden Boy.
Right now, I’m at a standstill due to the fact that I’ve got to get ready for the litigation with Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions. So right now, as I said, everything in my career is at a standstill. I’m not signed with anybody, and I just wanted to let everybody know.But after all of this litigation is done and whatever happens through this, everybody is going to know, first thing, who I’m signed with,” Bradley was quoted by Satterfield on Boxingscene.com.
There have been talks between Top Rank and Bradley about a possible marriage, but let’s just say someone is jumping the gun on this one, and that a lot of websites would run anything controversial for cheap clicks. Two words: No integrity.
(CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH MERCITO GESTA TALKING ABOUT HIS DAD AND HIS POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW AFTER BEATING JORGE PIMENTEL)
Another story that was floated around is regarding ‘The Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire, Jr. Reports surfaced stating that Donaire is close to signing a new 3-year contract with Top Rank Promotions after being sidelined for signing a promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions while still having a live contract with countryman Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Arum.
There was also a report that claimed Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia had said that a deal is indeed looming between his ward and Top Rank. Well, this weekend, our colleague Ryan Maquinana got Garcia on video during the Rios-Antillon card categorically denying making such statements. Also, I have been in contact with Team Donaire the past few weeks, and they too said that negotiations are still ongoing, but nothing is imminent. They have assured yours truly that when something is indeed worth reporting, that the info will be shared with us. Due to the sensitivity of the matter, with the arbitration and lawsuits involved, information on the negotiations have been kept private. Any leaked reports or false assumptions can actually harm Donaire’s return to the ring. Donaire did go on record with me in an interview more than a week ago and said that he hopes to be back in the ring soon.
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