After yet another whirlwind of absurd trash-talking between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps, you'd think the final result would be different. Yet it remains the same: The top two talents in boxing still won't be throwing a single blow towards each other.
Instead, Manny Pacquiao will be exchanging blows with the also-undefeated Timothy Bradley. A report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer published today say that, according to reliable sources, the two fighters will face each other anew on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a rematch of their 2012 clash. The report added that the details of the fight have been ironed out, with a formal announcement to be made next week.
A report by SPIN.PH confirms report via Pacquiao's close pal, Gerry Peñalosa. "Bradley na," says the former world champ.
As you may all know, the original Pac-Bradley fight ended in a controversial manner. Pacquiao lost via a split decision to the utter disgust of the majority of the world.
If boxing is decided on "Who got punched the most,"
then Bradley's indeed the winner. No question!
In spite of handing out our champ's first defeat in seven years, Bradley experienced a hail of hate instead of becoming boxing's next big thing.
Now, Pacquiao gets his chance for revenge. Sure, you can sulk all you want because it's not Mayweather. But the chance to correct a pugilistic misdeed is a storyline we're sold on. Of course, that's not the only reason why we think this rematch will be prime fisticuff entertainment.
Below are a few more reasons why Pac-Bradley 2 is the way to go.
1) Hardly anyone else out there who's as intriguing an opponent to the casual fan
A fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez is still a fight we'd pay to see, if only to see if that knockout was not a fluke. Marquez's current stance however is that he's content with their last fight's ending and sees no need to revive what's to him is finished business.
Among the upstarts, the one that could make the most noise is Russian firestarter Ruslan Provodnikov. Unfortunately, him being trained by Freddie Roach and his friendship with Pacquiao prohibit this fight from happening anytime soon. After Pacquiao has proven that he can beat a younger guy like Brandon Rios, there's no ultra-talented upstart yet that can reach up to Pac's top-level reputation.
A Timothy Bradley fight is by far the ripest fight among Pacquiao's possible choices.
2) Don't look now, but Bradley's risen to the occasion
We put our Hat Of Pure Objectivity now and rid ourselves of any natural bias we have for Pacquiao.
In spite of all the flak Timothy Bradley has received, and despite his tainted rep among Filipino fight fans, this guy has been a world-beater. He's on a tear. After Pacquiao, he defeated Provodnikov in a drama-filled, ultra-competitive 2013 Fight of the Year candidate where he showcased his toughness. And then he bested Marquez via a split decision that was infinitely less controversial than the Pac fight.