Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 – April 12 – MGM Grand

Pacquiao Bradley 2 c3340NEW 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.

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Radam G :

T Bradley is getting KTFO! No more magic! He will be a pathetic tragic. On him, don't bet a DIME! Put it all on Da Manny knocking him da double fudge out, and you will think that you have won a gold mine. Forget about the gold at the end of the rainbow. You will see the bet-yet Da Manny's knocking-out-an-@$$ show. Holla!


brownsugar :

Should be interesting .... Bob saw fit to extend Bradley's contract in the event Bradley renders his cash cow non relevent.


Carmine Cas :

This fight will be a good, I see Manny having his work cut out for him being that Bradley isn't going to be right in front of him. Does anyone know how long his extension is for?


brownsugar :

LIFE!!!!! lol... (Haven't read any reports yet)


King Beef :

LIFE!!!!! lol... (Haven't read any reports yet)
lol, I wonder if Bradley got his $$$$$ he was asking for


Spinach Chin :

I don't think Pac knows an "easy" way. He would have preferred Marquez! Champion inside and out!


Grimm :

The threats, the taunts and the mockery after meeting no 1 may well be Bradleys undoing, as he probably will be looking for an end without controversy - and show up as the less intelligent version of himself. If so, he'll play into Pacquiaos hands. Otherwise, he's an odd nut to crack - not great, in some departments almost not even good, but odd and difficult. That alone can take a man very far. Pacquiao will for sure come to fight in a different state of mind than last time. He will be looking for the KO in a way he hasn't for some time.


Radam G :

People will believe anything. Big Foot didn't need an extension. [Anybody can fight fight to fight.] The only type of cow that Big Foot will be for Da BobFather is a crash cow. Nobody wants him. Come April, you will see all the scumbags that used him as a T-baby will tell him: "April's FOOL! Did you really think that you beat Da Manny the first time? You have just been knocked da F#** OUT! STEP! You are released from any said contract. Get da heck outta of Dodge!" This the hurt business. Holla!


brownsugar :

Carmine ...Bradley is reportingly getting 6$ Mill to retire da Manny if he can... Paq gets $20Mil


Radam G :

Wow! First, there was the lie that he held out for Da Bobfather to give him $10mil. Now it is six. Hehehe! Sounds like poop from posers who are not in da loop. Holla!


jzzy :

This will be a tough fight for Pacman because Bradley will try to make this a track meet. But Bradley can't win this fight backing up. Manny will have to lure him into exchanges, this will be a tactical chess match.


Radam G :

This bout will be easier for Da Manny than his second and third dance with Erik Morales. Bradley is gonna get KTFO! Da Manny is running him down like a hound dog. And butchering him like a hog. Holla!


#1 PacFan :

Manny wins by KO in 5!


Carmine Cas :

Yeah I read 6 million as well, should have shot for 10 lol


The Shadow :

Next to Floyd, Bradley's got the best contract in boxing bar none. AND he clears more than other fighters because he doesn't have an agent/manager. He had all the cards. He's making $6m in a fight that won't clear a million PPV buys. He made $4.1m vs. Marquez. In his contract, he's likely got a minimum guarantee of $3m per fight for some easy arse fights because Top Rank's welterweight division is so bad. After Pacquiao, he has Marquez again, unless the Aztec jumps ship, where he will net the same amount as he did in their last encounter. If he were to go for the best competition and stiffer fights with GBP, he would average $1m maybe, fight on SHO where he prove to be a non-draw, be one among many on their stacked all-star roster, and perhaps MOST importantly: If he were to get Floyd -- which would be likely but far from a guarantee -- he wouldn't make NOWHERE near $6m before PPV upside. He would get $3m at most. With his extension, Bradley -- with no drawing power -- is getting a 30% split with one of the biggest draws of all time. Once Pacquiao retires, he will be one of Top Rank's building blocks for the future (they will invest in the urban market this time, after losing out on Floyd). AND he will get easier fights. I'll say it again: he's got the best deal on boxing.


Radam G :

The Cali Cranium Crusher Big Foot tried for 10, but he was sliced, diced and spiced like a fat hen. He has BIG head. He gets small bread. He no practice zen. Dude is gonna be eaten up in Da Bobfather's Da Manny lion's den. Holla!


ultimoshogun :

I'm in agreement with those who feel this will be more competitive than the first.


The Shadow :

The Cali Cranium Crusher Big Foot tried for 10, but he was sliced, diced and spiced like a fat hen. He has BIG head. He gets small bread. He no practice zen. Dude is gonna be eaten up in Da Bobfather's Da Manny lion's den. Holla!
Hey, you shoot for the moon and land among the stars. He had no business commanding $10m. He's only worth $3m in this promotion so his outlandish demands, along with all the sweet leverage he had, landed him close to what Miguel Cotto got in total guarantee plus a far greater percentage than Cotto got vs. Mayweather. In fact, Pacquiao-Cotto was a 65-35 split. Bradley's getting 30%! Cotto is the 3rd biggest PPV draw in boxing. Bradley's making out like a bandit. #BestDealInBoxing


The Shadow :

Sorry, y'all! Misread the figures. He's NOT getting 30%, only around 25%. My bad. STILL! It's a far better deal than he should get!


BomberBill :

Very much looking forward to this fight. I enjoyed Bradley's balls'n'all effort with Provodnikov (courageous and game all the way), and, his superior performance against Marquez, in my opinion, earned him solid respect. Pacquiao bounced back nicely against Rios. Better fight this time round between these two. Can't wait.


amayseng :

Very much looking forward to this fight. I enjoyed Bradley's balls'n'all effort with Provodnikov (courageous and game all the way), and, his superior performance against Marquez, in my opinion, earned him solid respect. Pacquiao bounced back nicely against Rios. Better fight this time round between these two. Can't wait.
Welcome to TSS BomberBill.... Bradley for all his personality faults did fight ballsout against the Russian, should have got the L in my opinion but fought a smart and calculated fight against JMM. I will take Pac with just a clear cut win as the first fight 11-1 in rounds. Tim gets on his bicycle once again after eating some Pac leather...