[PHOTO - Tim Bradley gets a crack at Manny Pacquiao when they battle for the pound-for-pound king's WBO welterweight crown on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Carlos Osorio/AP]

MANILA, FEBRUARY 11, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Roy Luarca - Tim Bradley (photo) is far from the pushover some boxing pundits are painting him to be and poses a legitimate threat to Manny Pacquiao, according to trainer Freddie Roach.

Bradley (28-0 with 12 knockouts) worries the renowned trainer because he is in his prime and brings in dirty tactics to the ring.

The Filipino eight-division world champion battles Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.

“He’s a dirty fighter, well, he’s a physical fighter,” Roach told Chris Robinson of examiner.com Saturday. “He uses his head, elbows, so forth.

“Manny does have some trouble with that because Manny can’t retaliate. I tell Manny that if a guy hits you low, hit him back low, but he won’t do that. It could pose a bit of a problem.”

The choice of Bradley was formally announced by Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

“Bradley is a young, undefeated fighter who deserves a chance,” Koncz told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.

Koncz added that the 28-year-old Bradley’s selection over two other contenders—Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez—sits well with Pacquiao, who will be staking his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against his light welterweight counterpart.

“Manny is excited,” said Roach. “Until we name an opponent, boxing is out of Manny’s mind. He’s busy working in (the Philippine) congress. But he gets interested in boxing again when he has an opponent and a fight.”

Though Bradley holds court in the 140-pound division, he’s fought at 147 lb and 152 lb.

Bradley’s sterling record includes a 12-round unanimous decision over Lamont Peterson in 2009 and Devon Alexander last year.

Pacquiao is expected to receive a guaranteed $20 million against Bradley.

$500 million for Pacquiao-Mayweather bout Photo © Fighthub.tv

The much awaited bout of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., already dubbed as ;the fight of the century', could earn up to half trillion US dollars according to the estimate of Long Beach Boxing Examiner. This will be the highest earning in sports record, bar none.

Bob Arum, the boxing kingmaker, already given up on the fight to happen soon--but he is still hoping for it sometime later this year. The media focus on this fight has became viral and boxing exposure has been redefined. If this fight goes through, it is predicted that this will break records in boxing pay-per-view buys -- the recent is Mayweather-De la Hoya fight which holds the record of 2.4 million PPV buys.


Pacquiao, Mayweather could fetch record cash By Marc Anthony Reyes Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Half a trillion dollars.

That’s how much the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. could earn, based on the estimates of Long Beach Boxing Examiner.

The website, quoting an unknown source, said the fight could fetch an all-time high record earnings considering all factors like pay-per-view buys, sponsors, live gate ticket sales and merchandise.

The sheer magnitude of the fight, which according to the website has transcended far beyond boxing and into mainstream pop culture, could earn between $300 million to $500 million. It also pegged the PPV buys at $89.999 each.

Though Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is reportedly doing everything to save the Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight, there were also contrasting reports that the much anticipated bout has once again fell through.

Fighthype.com claimed that Koncz is “giving people false hopes,” saying Tim Bradley will instead be the next Pacquiao foe. Mayweather thumbed down the fight after Pacquiao asked for a 50-50 revenue split.

It also said Top Rank boss Bob Arum has already given up on it happening in June, but pointed to a possible November date.

“The clock is ticking,” Arum was quoted by Fighthype.com as saying. “And that’s not good. So we need time to get this thing done. And you know, the end of May is really rushing it.

“Maybe Mayweather can get a further [postponement] from the judge (regarding his court sentence), because it’s so big. Or maybe they can each do interim fights, and do the fight in November, but what’s going on now is totally and completely ridiculous.”

If and when the “big thing” happens, Examiner.com said it could surpass the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya’s all-time record of 2.4 million PPV buys.

Pacquiao’s biggest PPV yield to date was 1.4 million PPV buys in his last of the Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy. He commanded 1.25 PPV buys during fights against De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto, and 1.3 against Mosley.

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