Bummer: Maidana pulls out from a fight against Bradley

I was really looking forward to seeing Macros Rene Maidana (28-1-0, 27 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (25-0-0, 11 KOs) slug it out on July 15. The fight was already postponed once as Maidana suffered a back injury but now it seems the fight has been scrapped altogether.

This could have been a really good fight between two of the top guys in the junior welterweight division to complement another great fight in the same division involving Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi.

The contrast in the two fighters’ style made this fight appealing. Bradley is a good tactician with average power while Maidana hits like a mule. Maidana has only got to decision twice in his career, losing a split decision in one and winning a unanimous decision in the other. His claim to fame was an exciting knockout win over Victor Ortiz who was then heavily promoted by Golden Boy Promotions as a future Oscar de la Hoya.

Manny Pacquiao still owns the Ring title in that division while Bradley is the top-ranked contender. Maidana is ranked fourth with Devon Alexander, Khan, and Malignaggi rounding out the top 5.

The only silver lining in the cancellation of this match is that it paves the way for a possible unification fight between Bradley and Alexander. Bradley holds the WBO strap while Alexander holds the IBF and WBC versions of the title. The winner of this fight could possible fight the winner of the Khan-Malignaggi fight which will be for the WBA title and this could mean we could have a unified champion by the year’s end.

If the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao does not happen, Pacquiao could go back to 140 and fight the last man standing. This could be a very interesting match specially if Khan turns out to be the unified champion by then.

Although it is unfortunate that we will not get to see Bradley and Maidana trade leather, the junior welterweight division reamains one of the hottest divisions in boxing right now. There are lots of fights that could be made here and hopefully the best fighters end up going against each other.

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