Happy Manny Pacquiao now in Vegas

Oddsmakers pick Pacquiao over Bradley


MANNY Pacquiao, with his Jack Russell Terrier, Pacquiao, greets friends in his suite shortly after arriving Monday night from California. ROY LUARCA

LAS VEGAS—Slouched on the sofa of his palatial suite on the 61st floor of Mandalay Bay’s Thehotel, Manny Pacquiao looked sleepy and tired.

He was, having trained for two hours in Hollywood before traveling about 370 kilometers to this glitzy city Monday night.

At the same time, though, Pacquiao was happy and excited to be back at the scene of his most memorable triumphs—and of his two shocking defeats to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

“I’m really excited to be back,” Pacquiao said. “I feel as if it’s my first time here, hoping to become a world champion.” Of course, Pacquiao has surpassed that dream.

He is boxing’s first and only eight-division titlist, a three-time Fighter of the Year and Fighter of the Decade.

All this before the fight judges stole his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown and handed it over to Bradley.

Against Marquez, Pacquiao was coming in for the kill when the Mexican caught him with a wicked right that knocked him out cold with a second to go in the sixth round of their fourth duel.

After regaining some of his reputation with a lopsided decision over Brandon Rios last November in Macau, Pacquiao now wants to prove that he’s still on top of the world at 35.

And he can do that with a decisive victory over the 30-year-old Bradley in their April 12 showdown at MGM Grand Arena here.

This will be Pacquiao’s 24th fight in the United States, 15th in this entertainment and gambling haven and 10th at MGM Grand.

It was also at MGM Grand that Pacquiao made Oscar De La Hoya 2008 hang up his gloves for good after eight rounds, sent Ricky Hatton to retirement after two rounds in 2009, and pounded Miguel Cotto into submission in the 12th round, also in 2009.

Riding on an Cadillac Escalade, Pacquiao showed the way for a convoy of 41 vehicles, including a full 56-seater bus bearing his image that ferried his parents, Dionesia and Rosalio, and brother Roel.

The grudge rematch happens Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) with the Las Vegas oddsmakers favoring Pacquiao at minus-270 and Bradley at plus-220.

It means that a $270 bet on Pacquiao will win $100 and a $100 bet on Bradley will win $220.

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  • 88gonfreecs88

    Manny.. mag kamukha kau ni Puppy..

  • LeBoxx

    Pac- palambutin mo muna ng husto bago mo tapusin para bumaba ang tsamba.

  • oldsong23

    Sisihin si Henares kapag natalo si Pacquiao…..

  • lolong.buwaya

    labannnnnnnnnnnnnnn naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hehehehehee

  • bertrand

    Manny palayasin mo muna yung mga ” pastor ” kuno dyan sa
    suite mo para makapagpahinga ka. Puro sepsep lang naman
    yang mga yan. Baka mamya matsambahan ka ni Bradley !!

    • valsore

      The “pastors” have long gone by last year.

      • bertrand

        Sabi ni Feddie Roach lalo daw dumami.
        Nasa Vegas sila at ginigising si Manny
        dis-oras ng gabi para ” mag -dasal” kuno.

        Kaya galit – galit si Freddie dahil hindi maka –
        pahinga si Manny.

  • caronaoutgloria2

    if he does not beat bradley overwhelmingly please let him hang up his gloves, and save his brain

    • Mr Moonlight

      Youre absolutely right, wasted angvbrain nya., everybody knows he has a mind of rocket scientist :(

      • caronaoutgloria2

        hello mr. moonlight. let me cast a little daylight your way. manny does not belong in politics (quite true). i fear he will be used however there are many more contributions he can make and his position far outshadows our superior brains. would you not agree???

      • Mr Moonlight

        you dont seem to get my point
        you are absolutely right nonetheless

    • slim6744

      When fighters RETIRE……it’s the fighters THEMSELVES……that beat themselves TO DEATH……and NOT their OPPONENTS.

      When SOME Champions ….RETIRE……..they start PARTYING, DRINKING, SOME TAKE DRUGS…..DON’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP………THAT……has a negative effect on their brains…and they START showing signs of DEMENTIA, and LOSS of BALANCE…..etc.

      Sometimes….SUCCESS can RUIN you. Some people CANNOT handle SUCCESS…..especially when it comes to MONEY.

      When it comes to M-O-N-E-Y……TOO MUCH TOO SOON……CAN HURT YOU.

      • caronaoutgloria2

        i quite agree with slim however that post boxer profile does not fit muhamad ali, larry holmes, frazier and a few others who have had mental impairment. we should also include american football players. i guess the point is we need to have better diagnosis which could give better warnings to athletes.

  • valsore

    it is best for Pacquiao to win by knockout so referees don’t have a chance to cheat again.

    • Mr Moonlight

      a KO win is no guarantee, the judges can overule it and pacman loses again by virtue of illegal blows, or he took illegal substance :) :):)

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