Arum: Pacquiao, Bradley ‘very close’ to rematch

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Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum confirmed over the weekend that Manny Pacquiao and American undefeated Timothy Bradley mutually agreed in principle to a rematch in April.

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Arum, 82, said the Pacquiao-Bradley fight is considered more saleable than the previous Bradley fights after the American scored two victories against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov and Pacquiao’s Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez last year.

“We are very, very close,” Arum told boxing reporter Keith Idec of boxingscene.com. “We’re hoping that we can announce it before the end of the week since negotiations are getting down to the nitty gritty. We are now dealing with a different Bradley now.”

Pacquiao, 34, said there’s no any problem on his part since he really wanted  the rematch against Bradley in order to reclaim his World Boxing Organization welterweight world title belt.

“For me, it is Bradley already,” said Pacquiao told The Manila Times in a recent interview. “I will train hard for this fight because I want to show the world that I’m the true winner of that fight.”

And at the same time, Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) aims to avenge his controversial split decision loss to Bradley (31-0 slate with 12 knockouts) last June 2012.

Arum said that the Bradley camp has verbally agreed to all terms including the purse split and the press tour of the rematch will soon be announced.

The rematch will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The first match between Pacquiao and Bradley drew 900,000 pay-per-view buys.

After the controversial loss to Bradley and a knockout loss to Marquez in December 2012, Pacquiao rested for almost a year before pulling out a remarkable comeback when he unanimously defeated Brandon Rios in Macau, China.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

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