Pacquiao-Bradley ‘up next’

‘Manny actually plans to fight winner of Las Vegas tiff’


TIMOTHY Bradley’s methodical conquest of Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) put him on top of the list of Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.

But the projected return fight will happen only if Pacquiao beats Brandon Rios in their own welterweight bout in Macau on Nov. 24.

“That’s really the plan (to pit Pacquiao against the winner of Bradley-Marquez),” a Team Pacquiao insider told the Inquirer yesterday.

Bradley beat Pacquiao by a highly disputed split decision on June 9, 2012 and the unbeaten American, who appeared in a wheelchair during the press conference after that fight, said he was raring to prove that he was the rightful victor.

An independent group of experienced judges formed by the World Boxing Organization declared later that Pacquiao was the clear winner over Bradley.

Though he expressed interest in a rematch with Pacquiao, Bradley was pitted against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao, last March 16, surviving a bruising battle and a 12th-round knockdown to win a close unanimous decision.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, got knocked out cold by Marquez with a second to go in the sixth round of their fourth battle last December.

Renowned promoter Bob Arum had offered both Bradley and Marquez a rematch with Pacquiao. Both refused the juicy offers, though.

Instead, they chose to slug it out for lower purses. Bradley got $4.1 million instead of $6 million, while Marquez settled for $6 million instead of $13 million.

Emboldened by his split decision over Marquez, Bradley couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

“I’ll fight anyone, including a bull,” he told USA Today yesterday.

Pacquiao, who was unable to watch the fight that dangled Bradley’s WBO crown because he was attending a church service in General Santos City, is expected to agree to a Bradley rematch.

Chief trainer Freddie Roach and Filipino trainer Buboy Fernandez watched the telecast of Bradley-Marquez, according to assistant trainer Nonoy Neri, who proceeded to Davao City yesterday following a break in Pacquiao’s training.

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  • milloy36ph

    A lot of interest in this fight. 8 comments

  • RomyLitz

    The heavens tends to show that Bradley is the Mafia’s chosen game spoiler and Marquez is the always unlucky victim of the manipulated world of boxing.

  • RomyLitz

    If Bradley fights Pacquiao, its for the money only, win or loss. Pacquiao wins their rematch and Marquez will then reconsider his offer for a fifth fight with Pambansang Kamao.

  • ting0508

    The rematch with Pacquiao will not happen as Pacquiao will surely lose by another knockout against Rios. Pacquiao is now a has been and amply called the grandpa of boxing. Wala nang ibubuga si Pacman. He is now called the fallen star! Period!

    • Notnot123

      Pusta ka ulit kay Rios para madagdagan galit mo kay Paquiao. LOL!!!

  • Kuya_Orot

    Bradley is eyeing a match with Gayweather and the big money. A fight of two unbeaten American boxers hype, you know. After his imminent defeat against Pretty Boy Floyd, he will call on Pacquiao. Neat ha??

    • DennisApolinario

      Parang karera ng bisikleta ang mangyayari pag naglaban si Bradley at Gayweather. Pur0 depensa at backpedalling ang gagawin ng dalawang it0. Sigurad0ng b0ring ang laban.

  • Lemuel Vargas

    What would Marquez say about this loss?
    He would say that he was cheated again…

    • Julian de Sota

      believe it or not.. KMM said that he was cheated again…

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