Arum says Pacquiao-Bradley 3 won’t bore fans

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Welterweight boxers Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley Jr., (right) pose with promoter Bob Arum, during their final news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO

Welterweight boxers Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley Jr., (right) pose with promoter Bob Arum, during their final news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO

Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum promised that the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada would not bore boxing fans.

“It is not going to end up like Manny’s last fight [against Floyd Mayweather Jr.]. I assure [you]it will be an action-packed bout from undercards to the main event. The crowd won’t be bored,” Arum told The Manila Times in an overseas call on Saturday. “The fans will be satisfied.”

Arum, who attended the final weigh-in on Friday, said that he’s expecting a knockout win, “Well I expect a knockout in this fight one way or the other. It is going to be a thrilling action-packed fight,” he added. “Yes compared to last year, it is going to be more interesting.”

Arum was pertaining to the super bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather in May, dubbed as the Fight of the Century that was highly criticized by boxing fans all over the world for being boring.


Arum also told The Times that Pacquiao (57-6-2 record with 38 knockouts) would be assured of at least $20 million prize money while Bradley would be getting $4 million.

Pacquiao heavier for Bradley farewell
Pacquiao comfortably made the weight for his farewell fight against Timothy Bradley as anticipation built towards their Las Vegas showdown.

In front of several thousand fans crammed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a smiling Pacquiao (57-6-2) tipped the scales at 145.5 pounds, half a pound heavier than his weight for his last fight against Floyd Mayweather in May last year.

Bradley, 33-1-1, was a pound heavier at 146.5, well within the 147-pound limit for Saturday’s non-title welterweight bout.

The two fighters — who have twice gone the distance before, with one victory apiece — waved to fans before squaring up to each other for the cameras.

Pacquiao, 37, is bidding to crown his 21-year career with an explosive performance before hanging up his gloves to concentrate on a political career in the Philippines.

“Expect more action than the last fights we had,” said Pacquiao.

Bradley, the California-based fighter known as the “Desert Storm”, heads into Saturday’s contest with renewed confidence after changing trainers and hiring the experienced Teddy Atlas last year.

The 32-year-old looked in formidable shape as he stripped down for the cameras before shrugging off the largely pro-Pacquiao crowd.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of disappointed fans tomorrow night,” Bradley said.

WITH REPORT FROM AFP

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