Pacquiao Picks Bradley Rubbermatch for April 9 Finale

Posted: December 30, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao has decidedĀ his “final” boutĀ will beĀ thirdĀ matchĀ against Tim Bradley April 9 at the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao, who hasn’t fought since losing a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in May, mulled a short list of opponents in recent months that included Bradley, Terence Crawford, Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. Bradley has gone 2-0-1 since dropping a 2014 unanimous decisionĀ to Pacquiao inĀ their rematch, posting wins over Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios, and battling to a disputed draw with Diego Chaves.

Pacquiao and Bradley’sĀ first encounter in June 2012 was won by Bradley in aĀ hotly disputed unanimous decision.

Pacquiao-Bradley III will air live on HBO pay-per-view.

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In the end, Bob Arum always keeps it in-house, doesn’t he? We knew Broner and Khan were longshots with their Al Haymon affiliation, but my hope was that Arum would see the benefits of a “passing of the torch” matchup with Pacquiao and his rising star Terence Crawford.

It appears Crawford lost out for a few reasons. One, he has no pay-per-view credentials. Two, Bradley and Pacquiao have history and this will be sold as the tie-breaker. Third, Bradley is coming off being the first man to stop Brandon Rios, a well-known fighter and previous Pacquiao opponent. And finally, Crawford would be a difficult assignment for Pacquiao at his age. At least with Bradley he’s facing someone he’s arguably beaten twice.

So, are you buying this pay-per-view come April 9?

 

 

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