Pacquiao wants Bradley in April

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FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao expressed his desire to have a rematch with undefeated American Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley for his next fight, scheduled sometime in April or May this year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.

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Although there is no formal announcement yet about his next foe, the eighth weight world division title holder has personally chosen Bradley (31-0 win-loss card with 12 knockouts) over Siberian Rocky Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2 card with 16 knockouts).

“I really wanted to fight Bradley again in a rematch because I like to get back at him and at the same time, he’s holding my belt,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times in a live phone patch interview at DZAR Sunshine Radio in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City on Thursday.

Bradley defeated Pacquiao (55-5-2 slate with 38 knockouts) last June 2012 to snatch the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title via controversial split decision.

Bradley successfully defended the title twice against Provodnikov via unanimous decision last March and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico via split decision last October.

“So far, my promoter Bob Arum and I will still talk about it and nothing is final yet,” added the 34-year-old Saranggani congressman. “I guess next week, we will make a decision. But if you will ask me, I like to fight Bradley again.”

Pacquiao, who had a successful ring comeback last November by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision against Mexican-American brash Brandon Rios, said he is expected to adjust in terms of fighting style if ever he fights Bradley.

“We will study everything first before making a game plan particularly what went wrong in our first fight but the people knew who really won that fight,” said Pacquiao. “Anyway, let’s wait first for the formal announcement.”

Although a fight against Provodnikov is also considered a good fight in April, Pacquiao believes that it is not yet time for the Russian fighter to fight him.

“It will be detrimental to his career because he is a young fighter who has a lot of potential to be a world champion,” said Pacquiao, who currently trains by four-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach. “He is a good friend of mine and a spar mate.”

Besides Bradley and Provodnikov, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero also wants to get out of his promotional contract from the Golden Boy Promotion in order to get a shot at Pacquiao this year.

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  1. Another thing is i do hope if the bradley fight falls through then pac will fight a welterweight & not a light welterweight. He hasnt fought a welterweight in almost 3 years now. Why dont you criticise him for that, pac was the 1st welterweight timothy bradley fought, pac was the 1st welterweight brandon rios fought. Dont you think its unfair to keep fighting light welterweights but making them fight at welterweight. He doesnt give them a catchweight like he had when he fought oscar de la hoya, miguel cotto & like he wanted when he challenged cotto for his world light middleweight title. When cotto said no its 154 or nothing then manny chickened out of fighting him. But floyd mayweather stepped up & fought cotto at 154 for his world title & beat him & took his world title. Pac who you call an 8 weight world champion has never fought a light middleweight. When he fought margarito for the vacant world light middleweight title both fighters were campaigning at welterweight & fought for the title at a catchweight of 150lbs. You never mention that, then pac never defended his world title against anyone let alone a top light middleweight. He was a paper champion only & a coward in not fighting a true light middleweight.

    • What you don’t understand is that Rios and Bradley preferred to fight in the welterweight 147lbs. Boxers do not walk around in their weigh-in weight. It is very difficult for boxer to cut weight. You seem to forget that Rios out weighted Pacquio on the day of the fight since Rios is a naturally bigger than Pacquiao. You forgot that Margarito was over 17 lbs heavier than Pacquiao on the day of the fight. Even Alvarado fought in the Welterweight against Provodnikov after beating Rios. Rios had to lose weight to make the 147lbs against Pacquiao. However, you said about nothing when Floyd, your idol, made Marquez go up 2 weight classes and “FAILED” to make weight during the weight-in. Boxers fight for 2 reasons only. First because it is the Mandatory challenger and 2nd, boxing fans wanted it. Again, you failed to see that your idol, Floyd fought Canelo in a catchweight and not at 154lbs where is a champion.