Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 a done deal – Arum

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BLASTING BRADLEY Timothy Bradley of US (left) defends against Manny Pacquiao of Philippines (R) during their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO

BLASTING BRADLEY Timothy Bradley of US (left) defends against Manny Pacquiao of Philippines (R) during their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and American World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight titleholder Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley will fight for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada according to Top Rank boss Bob Arum.

“It’s a done deal and it’s going to be a third fight against Timothy Bradley. We took a lot of consideration knowing Bradley has improved a lot as a fighter since the last time they’ve met in 2014,” Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call on Wednesday.

Arum added that he already discussed the matter with Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz last week.

“Bradley is happy about it of course and that’s really a competitive fight for Manny [Pacquiao]. The report about Adrian Broner fighting Pacquiao is untrue,” Arum said.

Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) has earlier announced that his April 9 bout would be his last fight so he can focus on his political career but Arum still believes that the Filipino ring icon would change his mind.

“It’s not going to be Manny’s last fight because anything could still happen and you know Manny. That’s why we won’t sell it that way. I don’t think it is Manny’s last fight,” he said.

In their first bout in June 2012, Bradley scored a split decision win over Pacquiao to seize the WBO welterweight belt. But Pacquiao recaptured the title in April 2014 by beating Bradley via unanimous decision.

Bradley, 32, who holds a 33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts, scored a ninth round technical knockout against Brandon Rios last November 7 in Las Vegas. Before defeating Rios, Bradley beat Jessie Vargas also by unanimous decision in June 27 in Carson, California for the vacant WBO belt.

Bradley also hired Teddy Atlas as his new trainer.

Pacquiao, 37, lost via unanimous decision to unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0 record with 26 knockouts) in May 3, in Las Vegas. He went through surgery to repair his right rotator cuff a week after that fight.

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  1. Now boxing became a pure business – not the same old time… Mr. Bob, find a suitable opponent, Mr. Pacquiao won the 2 fights convincingly – All the Boxing Fanatics knows… so whats to prove? .. Mr. Bob keep on telling for best interest of the boxing fans .. Is this the best for the boxing fans? …. GTG

  2. Tony Valenciano on

    If true that we shall see a third fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather in April then that shall put to rest doubts about who of the 2 is the best. A fitting energizer when we go to the voting booths to pick our champion for making the Filipino nation great again! What sayeth fellow Netizen?

  3. Amado P Salvador on

    I believe Pacquiao still has what it takes to continue fighting on the ring. Despite the loss he suffered at the hands of Mayweather, Manny still could attract the following in the boxing world. The fight could still earn money for whoever would finance the bout. As a fighter, i would continue to remain as his loyal fan. As to his plan after he decides to retire from the sports which made him a world sports personality, to seek a senate seat. I hate to say that he should not, rather, he MUST not even attempt to even think of pushing through with that ambitious plan. Let us leave that to those who are far more qualified academically. So sorry to speak out my mind on this. Just like when you thought you had what it takes to become a PBA basketball player. By now i suppose you are convinced that you are not cut out for that sports discipline. To be brutal about it, nagmukha kang katawa-tawa. Same is true with your political ambition. You would do a great disservice to the country if you do. So please come back to your senses. So sorry for expressing my opinion on your political plan.

  4. So let me understand this… Is considered to be so great an not ducking fighters etc. when he has fought Marquez 4 times, Erick Morales 3 times, Marco Antonio Barerra twice and about to fight Bradley for a 3rd time? Going 7-3-1 going into the Bradley fight. And everyone complains about who Mayweather has fought, when almost one fifth of Pac-Man’s fights are repeat dudes. He has more than enough opportunities to give other dudes fights, especially now with all the bodies in the division.

  5. HORRIBLE…. You guys talk so much crap about mayweathers opponents.. The great Pacman is playing it safe himself..all those young and coming up fighters like Thurman, Brooks, Spence jr,Crawford ect…i dont hear you saying he’s running….if it was floyd picking Bradley you would be saying hes running from the good fighters…. hypocrites

  6. For the first time Manny is letting his fans down. No-one wants to see him fight Bradley again, despite Bradley being a great fighter; we’ve seen it all before. Mayweather yes, Crawford yes, Khan yes. Bradley no. No matter what happens in the fight if this is Manny’s last fight it will do nothing at all for his legacy.

  7. This has the potential to be a real great fight. Teddy Atlas, Bradley’s trainer, has been lambasting Pac for many yrs now. Let’s see what strategy he could come up with vs. Team Pacquiao………… NOTE that Atlas figured prominently in the Rios-Bradley fight like he wanted the spotlight & attention all on him.
    If Teddy & Bradley are smart, all they have to do is unleash on Pac then tie him up before Manny could retaliate. Roach & Manny have proven time & again they don’t know what to do when the opponent is grabbing & holding……… tsk tsk

  8. Man no one wants to see that bullish!t again! I wanna see if the complaining and down talking is the same as it was when mayweather decided to fight Berto.

    I would have rather seen him fight khan or even watch him beat up on broner but Bradley is just not an exciting match to me. Hopefully Bradley does him like Marquez did him then he can retire once and for all.

  9. Stupid dumb BOB ARUM. Rubber match my ass, Pacquiao won twice, CLEARLY. Who care for a third fight, Arum kept this in the circle of top rank and tried to juice Bradley up with that fight with washed up fat ass Brandon Rios. Screw this fight, its all about keeping the money rather then giving the fans what they want. Boxing is dead!

  10. Are you freaken serious? Way to duck a challenge. I wonder what yall would say if Floyd fought Maidana or Castillo again for his last fight. This is pathetic.

  11. I think Bob Arum made only because he permotes both fighters. Would gave preferred either Broner, Crawford, ir Khan

  12. Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) has earlier announced that his April 9 bout would be his last fight so he can focus on his political career.
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    Does that mean he plans on showing up more than 2 or 3 times a year ?