Monday, January 27, 2014
Pacman and Bradley Will Have Rematch by April 12, 2014
In this June 9 ,2012 photo Pacman and Bradley face off during their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Nearly 2 years after Bradley won in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 that the two will fight again on April 12, 2014. Pacquiao's lost 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 Pacman making many think that Pacquiao's age and outside the ring activities- he's 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, Pacman, 35, defeated Brandon Rios in a comeback fight in Macau. Bradley, 30, defended his welterweight championship twice since beating Pacman: a brutal brawl with Russian Provodnikov and a close decision over Marquez. Bradley abandon his defensive style against Provodnikov and left the ring swollen and with a concussion. Bradley said he slurred his speech for 2 months after the fight. Against Marquez, Bradley used his boxing skills to avoid the power that had caught Pacman 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 and will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.
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