PACQUIAO, BRADLEY BEGIN 2-CITY U.S. MEDIA TOUR NEXT WEEK

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will start drumming up their April rematch with press tours in Los Angeles and New York next week. Both fighters will have their first stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on February 4, where they will face the media to officially announce their rematch. On February 6, Pacquiao and Bradley will head to the New World Stages in New York for another press conference.

ALSO: Marquez picks Pacquiao over Bradley

No other boxer in the world knows Manny Pacquiao better than Juan Manuel Marquez. The Mexican warrior had been to four brutal fights with the Filipino superstar and there’s no guarantee that their fourth meeting will be the last. After a draw and two close defeats, Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in
December 2012 at the MGM Grand. It’s the kind of knockout that comes once in a blue moon. Pacquiao bounced back from that loss with a one-sided victory over Brandon Rios last November, and on April 12 he’s in for a rematch with undefeated Tim Bradley. Pacquiao and Bradley squared off once and the latter got away with a highly controversial decision. Marquez also fought Bradley last October and took a stunning loss. It was pretty obvious he didn’t know Bradley as much as he knows Pacquiao. For the coming fight, the 40-year-old Marquez picked Pacquiao as the winner.

SPORTS COLUMN: Pacquiao vs Bradley, seriously

Okay, so Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will fight again for Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt. For real. There really is no other choice on the horizon for Pacquiao, whose clock is ticking, or for Bradley, who needs the respect. No opponent will give Pacquiao redemption or the ammunition to lure other big-name fighters into the ring with him. No other opponent will give Bradley the street credentials he has been sorely lacking as a world champion. The fact is that Pacquiao was a victim of his own success. He decimated all the lower weight divisions to the point that fighting other challengers would not have generated much buzz and would probably have been mismatches. This led to all those catchweight fights of the last few years, and the repeated battles with Juan Manuel Marquez. Alone on the mountaintop, Pacquiao was almost unassailable until Bradley came along.

ALSO: Bradley: I’m willing to die for it

After what transpired in the first fight, a rematch with Manny Pacquiao is something Timothy Bradley said he can’t live without. Bradley beat Pacquiao on points in June 2012 when a lot of people thought and felt Pacquiao won. Now he’s out to prove it to the world. In a interview with On the Ropes boxing radio program, the unbeaten WBO welterweight champion said he’s ready to fight Pacquiao again. “I need to get the credit I deserve and I feel I’m in a better position now and more experienced that I did then,” he told Jenna Jay in a lengthy one-on-one. Bradley, who outclassed Juan Manuel Marquez after the ageless Mexican knocked Pacquiao out, said he needed the rematch with Pacquiao – at any cost. “I don’t think I’ll be able to rest my mind without getting in the ring with Pacquiao again. I don’t think I will be able to rest my mind at all. I can be in my deathbed


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Pacquiao, Bradley begin two-city US media tour next week


Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will begin their two-city US press tour next week. (File photo)

MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014, (PHILSTAR)  Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will start drumming up their April rematch with press tours in Los Angeles and New York next week.

Both fighters will have their first stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on February 4, where they will face the media to officially announce their rematch.

On February 6, Pacquiao and Bradley will head to the New World Stages in New York for another press conference.

Pacquiao-Bradley 2 is scheduled on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be Pacquiao’s first fight on US soil since 2012.

Marquez picks Pacquiao over Bradley By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 2, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Juan Manuel Marquez will earn $5 million from his third fight against Manny Pacquiao on December 8th 2012.

MANILA, Philippines - No other boxer in the world knows Manny Pacquiao better than Juan Manuel Marquez.

The Mexican warrior had been to four brutal fights with the Filipino superstar and there’s no guarantee that their fourth meeting will be the last.

After a draw and two close defeats, Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in December 2012 at the MGM Grand. It’s the kind of knockout that comes once in a blue moon.

Pacquiao bounced back from that loss with a one-sided victory over Brandon Rios last November, and on April 12 he’s in for a rematch with undefeated Tim Bradley.

Pacquiao and Bradley squared off once and the latter got away with a highly controversial decision.

Marquez also fought Bradley last October and took a stunning loss. It was pretty obvious he didn’t know Bradley as much as he knows Pacquiao.

For the coming fight, the 40-year-old Marquez picked Pacquiao as the winner.

“First, I want to say that it is an important, interesting fight because of what happened in the first,” Marquez, now an aging fighter, told www.boxingscene.com.

“In that fight, the decision was different from what happened in the ring, and I think Bradley should change his strategy because it did not work (from the first fight),” he added.

Pacquiao is the same old fighter and it’s not too difficult to guess what he’s going to do inside the ring. He always goes for the action. He always comes to fight.

Therefore, Marquez said, it’s Bradley who needs to make the adjustments.

“Pacquiao could fight the same,” said Marquez.

The crafty Mexican counter-puncher is expecting the fight to go the distance because he talked about the judging.

“If the judges do what needs to be done, Pacquiao should win. If Bradley makes the adjustments, it’s going to be a very good fight,” he told www.boxingscene.com.

Yes, Marquez is rooting for Pacquiao.

COLUMN BY BILL VELASCO

Pacquiao vs Bradley, seriously THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 1, 2014 - 12:00am 2 1 googleplus1 0

Okay, so Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will fight again for Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt. For real.

There really is no other choice on the horizon for Pacquiao, whose clock is ticking, or for Bradley, who needs the respect. No opponent will give Pacquiao redemption or the ammunition to lure other big-name fighters into the ring with him. No other opponent will give Bradley the street credentials he has been sorely lacking as a world champion.

The fact is that Pacquiao was a victim of his own success. He decimated all the lower weight divisions to the point that fighting other challengers would not have generated much buzz and would probably have been mismatches. This led to all those catchweight fights of the last few years, and the repeated battles with Juan Manuel Marquez. Alone on the mountaintop, Pacquiao was almost unassailable until Bradley came along.

Very few boxing observers worth their salt would believe that Bradley beat Pacquiao the first time. That is very clear. But the only aspect of boxing that is forgiving is the rematch, where you are washed of past mistakes and given an equal shot at winning again. This actually is a very important fight for both boxers underneath the surface. Why? Despite having beaten Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez in succession after Pacquiao, a cloud still hangs above Bradley’s victory over Pacquiao. For some, the win was simply bait for a rematch, so Pacquiao would, in turn, have a reason to fight Bradley again, win his belt back, and have something with which to extend the series against Marquez, as this writer said two years ago.

What’s in it for Bradley? It all boils down to confirmation, that he can (and did) beat Pacquiao for real in 2012, that there was nothing screwy about the judging. Bradley decided to stick and move against the Filipino champion, and apparently it paid off. But fans are never thrilled about a long-distance strategy. Because he has had problems trying to brawl, Bradley will likely choose to stick and move against Pacquiao again. It is the apprehension regarding that which may determine if this fight becomes a blockbuster or a bomb. Fans don’t want to see Pacquiao running after the smaller champion all over the ring for twelve rounds; they want to see someone get knocked out, and in this setting, that would most probably be Bradley. Only Pacquiao has the power to deliver a KO.

Should Bradley lose, he will be relegated to the second tier of contenders, and will join the merry-go-round once again. He will become the answer to a trivia question, a footnote, a blip on the radar of Pacquiao’s career. It may sound harsh, but that is likely what will happen if he loses. If he wins, he must win sensationally, bravely, fearlessly. No running. But that, as previously mentioned, is not going to happen. Bradley has never been known to have a strong chin. Strategically, he will do what he needs to do to win, and that includes being selective about his attacks. Whether or not it works, it will not be a popular style.

What about Pacquiao? If Manny wins unconvincingly – meaning by decision – it will not restore that much of the luster he lost when he was knocked out by Marquez in 2012. The general impression is that Bradley was merely a custodian of Pacquiao’s belt, a placeholder, since he didn’t need one to draw any of the big names into fighting him. Now, things are different. His invincibility, so evident for six years since he was still fighting Erik Morales, has been tainted. Not only dd he lose two fights in a row, he was knocked out. It became more about Pacquiao’s failure than Juan Manuel Marquez’s win or his tremendous gifts as a boxer. There is no motivation for Marquez to fight Pacquiao again, except one: he has not beaten Pacquiao in a world title fight. It may sound like splitting hairs, but Marquez is really the only exciting opponent left for Pacquiao outside of the tongue-wagging and elusive Floyd Mayweather Jr.

If Pacquiao loses, it will completely shut the door on a possible fight with Mayweather. His reputation will take such a big hit that Mayweather can brag about being in a higher class, and he will have a point. Pacquiao has to win and win big if he intends to at least keep the discussion alive. Mayweather has totally ignored Pacquiao’s proposal to fight and donate all their purse money to charity. Mayweather has been anything but honorable in his treatment of Pacquiao, and regularly shows disdain for the public’s perception of him. He doesn’t respect the fans. Luckily, he’s a great boxer, so fans can overlook what kind of person he is.

Of course, conversation has revolved around the purse and voluntary drug testing. Fine. Pacquiao is definitely the bigger draw still, but Bradley has more to lose, not in terms of scale, but in personal accomplishment. If Pacquiao really wants to take Bradley away from his game, he can even dictate that they use a smaller ring and lighter gloves. This will give Bradley limited movement, and make him easier to nail. Pacquiao has the clout to do that, though it hasn’t really been done for a while.

Some boxing analysts believe this could be the penultimate fight for Pacquiao, to be followed only by a showdown with Mayweather should he beat Bradley soundly on April 12. I disagree. I firmly believe that Mayweather (if it ever happens) would have an option for a rematch if they make a ridiculous amount of money. But given Pacquiao’s transition into politics, he will be fighting at least until right before the 2016 elections, to be on the safe side. As this writer once confirmed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) promotions of Pacquiao’s fights are exempted from campaign bans because they are “of national interest”. Pacquiao’s handlers will definitely use that serious advantage to the hilt, so expect any farewell appearance to take place by 2016.

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Bradley: I’m willing to die for it By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 1, 2014 - 12:00am 1 4 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - After what transpired in the first fight, a rematch with Manny Pacquiao is something Timothy Bradley said he can’t live without.

Bradley beat Pacquiao on points in June 2012 when a lot of people thought and felt Pacquiao won. Now he’s out to prove it to the world.

In a interview with On the Ropes boxing radio program, the unbeaten WBO welterweight champion said he’s ready to fight Pacquiao again.

“I need to get the credit I deserve and I feel I’m in a better position now and more experienced that I did then,” he told Jenna Jay in a lengthy one-on-one.

Bradley, who outclassed Juan Manuel Marquez after the ageless Mexican knocked Pacquiao out, said he needed the rematch with Pacquiao – at any cost.

“I don’t think I’ll be able to rest my mind without getting in the ring with Pacquiao again. I don’t think I will be able to rest my mind at all. I can be in my deathbed

“This is one thing I want to be able to get over and move past. Whether I win or lose I just need to get this fight out of the way,” said Bradley, the rematch underdog.

“I need to close this chapter in my life and my career. If I didn’t take this fight, I can’t live and go one with that cloud every single day of my life.”

Bradley said he will do everything to prove that he’s better than Pacquiao.

“I’m willing to die for it,” he said.

“It’s not gonna be easy. Nothing’s easy especially when you’re on top of boxing. It will be another night at the office. I’m gonna be victorious once again,” Bradley added.

The rematch takes place on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The last time Pacquiao was there, it was a pretty scary scene.

Bradley said the pressure is on Pacquiao and it’s very hard to disagree.

Pacquiao is 1-2 in his last three fights after following an impressive win over Brandon Rios last November in Macau, and needs to be even more impressive against Bradley.

If he does, then it puts the pressure on Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Bradley insists it won’t be easy.

“I’m the champion. The pressure is not on me. The pressure is on him (Pacquiao). He’s the one who’s gotta shine. He’s the superstar. He’s the icon. He’s the legend,” said Bradley.

Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million for the rematch while Bradley is getting $6 million and a juicy contract extension with Top Rank.

But there’s more than that riding on this fight – especially for Pacquiao, now trying to stretch his best years as a fighter.

“Pacquiao has his back against the wall right now. If he loses to me his career is over. So, the pressure is on him. He has to shine. I beat him once,” said Bradley.

He said he’d do it again.


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