IT'S OFFICIAL: PACQUIAO, BRADLEY TO CLASH AGAIN

The first time he fought Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012, Tim Bradley wound up both a winner and a loser. He was given a widely criticized split decision win but his morale presumably hit the depths when a panel of judges, formed by the World Boxing Organization to review the bout, declared Pacquiao should have been the clear winner of their welterweight title clash. On April 12, Bradley will get the chance to prove his detractors wrong when he tangles with the Filipino ring superstar again at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The rematch between the Fighter of the Decade and the unbeaten American was formally announced by Bob Arum and Todd duBoef, Top Rank Promotions CEO and president, respectively, and Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

ALSO: It’s official: Pacquiao-Bradley rematch set for April 12

Nearly two years after Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday the two will fight again on April 12. Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley on June 9, 2012, broke a 15-fight winning streak during which he was recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world along with Floyd Mayweather. Later that year, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao, making many think that Pacquiao’s age and outside-the-ring activities— he’s a congressman in the Philippines, does extensive charity work and moonlights as an actor and singer — had hurt his ability to box at a high level. In November, Pacquiao, 35, defeated Brandon Rios in a comeback fight in Macau.

Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao's Charity Challenge to Floyd Mayweather is an ‘Incredible Statement for Sport of Boxing'

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said that Manny Pacquiao's challenge for Floyd Mayweather to fight for charity is an incredible statement for the sport of boxing, reported the Boxing Scene. Arum said that although money is unquestionably an important matter, he thought that Pacquiao's charity challenge was something that can help promote boxing. Pacquiao has laid emphasis on the fact that he wasn't really after the money in wanting to fight Mayweather. The eight-division Filipino world champion said that he was even more than willing to submit himself to any kind of drug testing, and what is more, to even fight Mayweather for the sake of charity.


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It’s official: Pacquiao, Bradley to clash again

MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014, (INQUIRER)  By Roy Luarca - The first time he fought Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012, Tim Bradley wound up both a winner and a loser.

He was given a widely criticized split decision win but his morale presumably hit the depths when a panel of judges, formed by the World Boxing Organization to review the bout, declared Pacquiao should have been the clear winner of their welterweight title clash.

On April 12, Bradley will get the chance to prove his detractors wrong when he tangles with the Filipino ring superstar again at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The rematch between the Fighter of the Decade and the unbeaten American was formally announced by Bob Arum and Todd duBoef, Top Rank Promotions CEO and president, respectively, and Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Billed as “Let’s Play Two!” Pacquiao-Bradley II will be shown by HBO on pay-per-view.

Pacquiao earlier indicated that he had chosen Bradley to be his next opponent, but had expressed hopes that the bout be moved to May as his wife and Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee is giving birth to their fifth child in April.

Arum, however, already made the booking and Pacquiao, in his desire to reclaim the WBO 147-pound title, agreed to a guaranteed purse of $20 million.

Awarded with a contract extension by Top Rank, Bradley also accepted a $6-million offer, with PPV upsides like Pacquiao.
Both fighters will undergo Vada (voluntary Anti-Doping Assistance) testing.

After snaring Pacquiao’s welterweight crown, Bradley went on to fight former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov, surviving a 12-round knockdown to eke out a unanimous decision last March.

In October last year, the 30-year-old Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) enhanced his reputation by outpointing Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, who posted a stunning sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao on Dec. 8, 2012.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) rebounded from those twin setbacks with a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision of Brandon Rios last November in Macau.

To drum up Pacquiao-Bradley II, press conferences will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 4 and in New York on Feb. 6.

Pacquiao will start his preparation in the second week of February and will spend the first five weeks of training in Gen. Santos City.

It’s official: Pacquiao-Bradley rematch set for April 12 Associated Press 9:32 am | Sunday, January 26th, 2014


In this June 9, 2012, file photo, Timothy Bradley, left, from Palm Springs, Calif., lands a punch against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their WBO world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Nearly two years after Bradley won in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, that the two will fight again on April 12. AP

NEW YORK — Nearly two years after Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday the two will fight again on April 12.

Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley on June 9, 2012, broke a 15-fight winning streak during which he was recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world along with Floyd Mayweather.

Later that year, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao, making many think that Pacquiao’s age and outside-the-ring activities— he’s a congressman in the Philippines, does extensive charity work and moonlights as an actor and singer — had hurt his ability to box at a high level.

In November, Pacquiao, 35, defeated Brandon Rios in a comeback fight in Macau.

Bradley, 30, defended his welterweight championship twice since beating Pacquiao: a brutal brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov and a close decision over Marquez.

Bradley abandoned his defensive style against Provodnikov and left the ring swollen and with a concussion. Bradley said he slurred his speech for two months after the fight. Against Marquez, Bradley used his boxing skills to avoid the power that had caught Pacquiao, and won another close decision.

Promoters Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank and Michael Koncz of MP Promotions announced the fight, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. He has been lobbying for a fight with the undefeated Mayweather, but Mayweather says he will fight someone else — likely Britain’s Amir Khan or Argentina’s Marcos Maidana — in May.

The 30-year-old Bradley, from California, is 31-0 with 12 KOs.

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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao's Charity Challenge to Floyd Mayweather is an ‘Incredible Statement for Sport of Boxing,’ By Rachelle Corpuz | January 23, 2014 4:45 PM EST


Bob Arum. AP FILE PHOTO

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said that Manny Pacquiao's challenge for Floyd Mayweather to fight for charity is an incredible statement for the sport of boxing, reported the Boxing Scene.

Arum said that although money is unquestionably an important matter, he thought that Pacquiao's charity challenge was something that can help promote boxing.

Pacquiao has laid emphasis on the fact that he wasn't really after the money in wanting to fight Mayweather. The eight-division Filipino world champion said that he was even more than willing to submit himself to any kind of drug testing, and what is more, to even fight Mayweather for the sake of charity.

It has been nearly a week after Pacquiao dared Mayweather to fight for charity, but the undefeated boxer has not commented on the challenge yet. It is still a big question mark if Mayweather would ever consider Pacquiao's suggested free fight. Mayweather is an intelligent businessman. He has made so much money from boxing that no athlete has probably ever made. He certainly got his moniker "Money" for good reason. It's widely known that he bets six up to seven figures in sporting events just to add more money to his fortune. We wonder if Mayweather would even entertain the idea of fighting Pacquiao without a prize money.

Meanwhile, a rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao has reportedly been set according to the Manila Bulletin. However, contrary to the news article published by the local Philippine newspaper, Arum said that the rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley has not been finalised yet.

"That's the one that we're working on now," Arum told Ring TV. "It may not be the one that takes place," he added. Arum explained that the negotiations are underway between Pacquiao and Bradley's respective camps. "But this process takes time and you can't just make it happen," said Arum. Nonetheless, Arum stated that there is a great chance that the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch happens because he wouldn't have bothered negotiation if he had known that it is not going to happen in the first place.

So the deal involving the rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley isn't official yet, but it is highly possible that the Filipino fighting champion will meet an old foe on his April 12 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. What do you think?


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