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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set for rematch in April

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Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April.

Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April. (Chris Carlson/AP)

NEW YORK — Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Top Rank announced on Saturday. Pacquiao-Bradley will be a rematch of the controversial 2012 fight that Bradley won in a highly disputed decision.

 Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told SI.com that Bradley was the clear front runner to face Pacquiao since Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios in November. Where the negotiations — which were conducted through Bradley’s wife, Monica, after Bradley elected to let his contract with manager Cameron Dunkin expire — got hung up was with an extension on Bradley’s contract with Top Rank, which was set to expire this summer.

“It was the usual negotiation with Manny, nothing different,” Arum told SI.com. “With Timothy, there was never any question that he would give us an extension. The question was what would be the terms of the extension going forward. There are provisions for if he beats Pacquiao and if he doesn’t beat Pacquiao.”

Arum told SI.com that Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million for the fight. Bradley is guaranteed $6 million. Both have the potential to make more if the pay-per-view exceeds a certain level.

Top Rank officials added that advanced testing would be used during this fight. The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) headed by Dr. Margaret Goodman, which has caught Andre Berto and Lamont Peterson, among others, for using banned substances, will be contracted to administer random blood and urine testing for this fight.

Ruslan Provodnikov, the former Pacquiao sparring partner who rose to national prominence after a brutal battle with Bradley last March and a win over junior welterweight titleholder Mike Alvarado in October, was never under serious consideration for the fight, Arum said.

“He needs a little bit more exposure,” Arum said. “Boxing fans know him and the general public has never heard of him, even though he is an exciting fight. Let him fight on HBO a couple more times. He’s a candidate down the road to face Pacquiao, for sure.”

In the aftermath of Bradley’s win over Pacquiao two years ago, Arum expressed little interest in making a rematch. However, Bradley’s wins over Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez last year have significantly increased Bradley’s mainstream appeal. While the first Pacquiao-Bradley fight did around 890,000 pay-per-view buys, Arum predicted the rematch would do between 800,000 and 1 million.

“The wins over Provodnikov and Marquez have made Bradley a much more marketable fight,” Arum said. “It has made the rematch a much more appealing fight.”

                                                                                                                  – By Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • 5 comments
    Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
    Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

    I hate it but this had to happen for Pacman in his last run as a superstar. He got robbed in the first fight and everyone and stevie wonder could see that. But to put lingering doubts about him to rest for this last run, he had to fight Bradley again. Hopefully Bradley takes it upon himself to fight like he did against Provokov because then Manny will surely finish the job and knock his behind out like he needs to be!

    JohnForest8
    JohnForest8

    Manny should man up and retire. Maybe another serious beating will encourage him. Seldom does a great fighter know when his time is over. A shame.

    FayeCacount
    FayeCacount

    @Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask  marko, go back to watching your underground garage fights. MMA doesn't go on until a person is completely unconscious. they stop the fight when 1 fighter is no longer defending themselves in an intelligent manner. taking blows to the head while you try to stand up isn't intelligent defense. there's no reason to let 5 or 6 more heavy shots land to the head when the body has given out, even if only for 10 or 12 seconds. they are trying to preserve the fighters from excessive punishment, given the 4 oz gloves.


    Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
    Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

    If you watched the fight, he did not take a serious beating. The fight was a war of atricion through 5 rounds until Marquez seized an opportunity and got an equivalent to a jackpot in lottery open shot that would have put any boxer to sleep as well.

    pmccnn
    pmccnn

    @JohnForest8 How many serious beatings has Manny absorbed? A one punch knock out does not equal a serious beating. He took a helluva shot from Marquez but it hasn't had any long term effect on Manny. He is slowing, which happens as you grow older, but he is still very capable of fighting very well.