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Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley 2: Rematch all but confirmed

Lee Cleveland Updated
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According to the Manila Bulletin, fight sensation Manny Pacquiao (55-4-2 with 38 KOs) will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0 with 12 KOs) on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A press tour will be launched early next month with stops in Los Angeles and New York City.

Although not formally announced yet (as of this writing), the fight will be a rematch of their June 2012 bout which produced a highly controversial verdict.

Although a few insiders believe Bradley's victory was well-deserved, most assert the decision was among the worst in the entire history of the sport.

Pacquiao vs Bradley I, which garnered 900,000 PPV buys, will, again, be braodcast on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Given 1) the immediate aftermath of Pacquiao vs Bradley I was unprecedented and 2) Bradley's recent wins over the surging Ruslan Provodnikov and PacMan foe Juan Manuel Marquez, Top Rank is undoubtedly hoping to yield well over one million buys for Pacquiao vs Bradley 2.

The Californian fighter known as 'Desert Storm' talked a lot of smack prior to the bout, was seemingly forced to 'eat his words' during the fight and yet was still awarded a highly unpopular, perhaps undeserved, decision.

One can only imagine what Bradley, now the consensus No.3 fighter in the world, will say or do to hype the rematch.

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2... Will Manny Pacquiao exact revenge on April 12?

Post Pacquiao vs Bradley I tidbits
  • A growing contingent of fans who, after watching the fight again, claim Bradley did, in fact, do enough to win or that the bout was too close to call.

  • A viral video was released that showcased numerous pro Pacquiao flubs made by HBO's commentators leaving some fans second-guessing the competence and/or impartiality of fight analysts as well as the "robbery" that allegedly took place.

  • US Senate inquiries and calls for reform were pursued

  • Judge Duane Ford's very public assertion that Bradley gave Pacquiao a "boxing lesson" and his 'Dancing with the Stars' analogy had millions fuming

  • A thorough re-examination of the verdict was performed by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), the sanctioning organization for the bout. All five judges scored the bout for Manny Pacquiao.

  • And yes, the judges received death threats
Video: Pacman chewed up by judges in Vegas?


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