WBO international welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will most likely face unbeaten Palms Springs boxing sensation Timothy Bradley in a rematch scheduled for April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said the eight-division world champion is set to return to Las Vegas, Nevada for his next fight on April 12 against either Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico. He also mentioned former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov as possible opponent for the April 12 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao is coming off an impressive win over Mexican-American Brandon Rios last Nov. 23 in Macau, China while Bradley defeated Marquez last October 12 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas last October 12 to retain his WBO welterweight title.
Arum said Pacquiao intends to do a massive fundraising campaign in the US for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan when he starts promoting the April 12 event Las Vegas.
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Last Saturday night, after the absurd scoring and circumstances of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera bout, the first episode of 24/7 Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez premiered on HBO. The Bradley vs. Marquez fight is coming up in just a few weekends, and it’s an intriguing contest, billed largely around the fact that these two have each just defeated Manny Pacquiao — albeit in very, very different ways. Here’s the recap of Bradley vs. Marquez 24/7 episode 1.
Bradley vs. Marquez 24-7 episode 1 begins with Bradley talking about his childhood, his upbringing and how he got into the sport of boxing. Then we flash back to the Pacquiao vs. Bradley bout, and the controversy and chaos which ensued.
Bradley believes he won the fight 8 rounds to 4, regardless of what anybody says and sees. He’s watched the bout many times and that’s what he deeply believes.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday appointed referee Robert Byrd and judges Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Feldman to work the fight between welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs), making his second title defense, will fight Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), the Mexican star and four-division titleholder, on Oct. 12 (HBO PPV) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
It is the first major Nevada card since Floyd Mayweather Jr. outpointed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas by a majority decision, a result that drew shock around the world because judge C.J. Ross scored what appeared to be a one-sided Mayweather victory as a draw. Ross has since stepped down.
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After the highly anticipated megabout between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez turned out to be a one-sided disappointment, next month’s big fight could end up being the best of 2013. Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley will square off in what is expected to be a hotly contested encounter on Oct.12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The WBO welterweight title will be on the line, which Bradley took from Manny Pacquiao in June 2012. Bradley defended the belt once, retaining it with a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in March. The win wasn’t as easy as many thought it would be. Bradley almost got knocked out twice and was knocked down in the final round.
Bradley and Marquez are responsible for two consecutive Pacquiao losses. Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in December with a hard punch that dropped the Filipino star in the sixth round. The current welterweight champ’s victory over Pac-Man was very controversial, with most experts giving Pacquiao an easy victory, instead of the split decision that was awarded to Bradley. When neither boxer agreed to face Pacquiao in a rematch, he scheduled a fight with Brandon Rios for November.
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Far in the desert, temperatures have dropped to a cool 103 degrees in the town of Indio where Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and his fellow crew train daily. Just a few weeks ago 120 degrees was the norm.
It’s fairly early in the morning and Bradley has already buzzed through most of his drills in preparation for his showdown with fellow pound for pound fighter Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico. The two will meet on Oct. 12, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO will televise.
Inside the Indio boxing gym are the nucleus of Bradley’s boxing team, Joel Diaz and Antonio Diaz. Joel is the head trainer and has now emerged as one of the top boxing gurus in the world and has a blockbuster team to prove it. His brother Antonio is a strong part of the team and their combined experience and knowledge in the ring is hard to beat.
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