NEW YORK (JANUARY 25, 2014) – Bob Arum andTodd duBoef, CEO and President of Top Rank, respectively, and MichaelKoncz of MP Promotions are pleased to announce that an agreement wasreached today for undefeated two-division world champion TIMOTHY”DESERT STORM” BRADLEY to defend his World Boxing Organization(WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade CONGRESSMANMANNY “PACMAN” PACQUIAO. Promoted by Top Rank®, in associationwith MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place,SATURDAY, APRIL 12, at the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA in Las Vegas, Nev.It will be produced and distributed live by HBO PAY-PER-VIEW.
Both fighters and their teams will embark on aU.S. media tour the week of February 3, including press conferences inLos Angeles and New York on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February6, respectively. Ticket information and other details on the promotionand the media tour will be released shortly.
When Pacquiao and Bradley rumbled the first time, on June 9, 2012 atthe MGM Grand, Bradley’s hand was raised via a controversial splitdecision, ending Pacquiao’s welterweight title reign as well as hisseven-year, 15-bout winning streak. Though both fighters claimedvictory neither was satisfied. Destiny may have played a hand in theirfirst battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determinesthe winner of this exciting rematch.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative fromthe Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to asecond term, running unopposed last year), is the only fighter to wineight world titles in as many different weight divisions. A three-timeFighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s”Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories overfuture Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, MarcoAntonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and JuanManuel Márquez. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories wereworld title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to154 pounds. No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S.than Pacquiao, who is also credited with over eight millionpay-per-view buys. He returns to the ring after a scintillatingbeatdown of former world champion Brandon Rios.
Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., a two-divisionworld champion who unified the junior welterweight titles twice duringhis previous four-year reign, returns to the ring after threeconsecutive career-best victories. After moving up in weight andbeating Pacquiao in 2012, Bradley co-starred in the 2013 Fight of theYear last March, winning a brutal 12-round decision over RuslanProvodnikov though Bradley was suffering from a concussion throughoutmost of the fight. In his most recent fight, in October, Bradley gavea virtuoso performance in defeating three-division world champion andMexican icon Juan Manuel Márquez proving that Bradley is indeed oneof boxing’s elite pound for pound fighters.