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Pacman-Bradley rematch set for April 12

NEW YORK – Nearly two years after Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday the two will fight again on April 12.

Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley, Manila Bulletin, mb.com.ph

In this June 9, 2012, photo, Manny Pacquiao, right, and Timothy Bradley face off during their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Nearly two years after Bradley won in a disputed split decision, promoters announced Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, that the two will fight again on April 12. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley on June 9, 2012, broke a 15-fight winning streak during which he was recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world along with Floyd Mayweather.

Later that year, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao, making many think that Pacquiao’s age and outside-the-ring activities- he’s a congressman in the Philippines, does extensive charity work and moonlights as an actor and singer – had hurt his ability to box at a high level.

In November, Pacquiao, 35, defeated Brandon Rios in a comeback fight in Macau.

Bradley, 30, defended his welterweight championship twice since beating Pacquiao: a brutal brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov and a close decision over Marquez.

Bradley abandoned his defensive style against Provodnikov and left the ring swollen and with a concussion. Bradley said he slurred his speech for two months after the fight. Against Marquez, Bradley used his boxing skills to avoid the power that had caught Pacquiao, and won another close decision.

Promoters Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank and Michael Koncz of MP Promotions announced the fight, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.

  • junpaxx

    This will be the last hurrah of Pacman. Definitely, he will lose this fight. This is a hopeless fight for Pacman. tsk… tsk…tsk..

  • Ed

    I was in P.I. with the first fight went down. I was the ONLY one cheering for Bradley then and I will be the ONLY one cheering for him this time. Mayweather will clean his clock also if they ever pull there heads out of there puwits and make the fight happen!!

  • barok

    Pacman will be knocked out by Bradley no doubt about it Pacman you are old and slow now.

  • Mangporong

    This time Pacman will surely win to have a final match. At the end of the day Bradly will prevail. This is money making.

  • Undive

    Pacman is not getting younger any more, but he is still a brave warrior. Greetings from Spain.