For Timothy Bradley, if not Manny Pacquiao, then why not Floyd Mayweather?

So if Timothy Bradley doesn’t get the rematch against Manny Pacquiao, then what? Well the first target for the Bradley camp will obviously be Floyd Mayweather, who was released from prison last week. Mayweather will need an opponent soon if he wants to fight before the end of the year. His three top candidates — Sergio Martinez, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez — are all fighting on Sept. 15 and it would be unlikely they would be ready before the end of the year.

Bradley had just beat Pacquiao in June, so it would be an appealing opportunity for Mayweather to beat the man who beat the man. Also, Bradley would be the smaller man, which could help entice Mayweather.

A drawback is Arum is exploring a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight for April. Mayweather could elect not to fight until then.

As for Bradley, he wants to fight the best, and Mayweather is the best. And if Bradley and Mayweather could fight in November or December, and Bradley could win, then the possible April fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather could be an eliminator for a rematch with Bradley in a best-case scenario.