Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready

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Profiles of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley, ahead of their match in Las Vegas on April 12. AFP

LAS VEGAS—Just when their final press conference was about to wrap up without fireworks, Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao lit up some sparks.

During their face-off, the loudmouth Bradley initiated the verbal exchange that lasted for 10 seconds at the center of Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand here Wednesday.

Pacquiao answered back with nary a pause.

Nobody heard them talking, but it reportedly went like this:

Bradley: Are you ready?

Pacquiao: Yes, I am ready.

Bradley: Are you sure you’re ready?

Pacquiao: Yes, I am ready.

Bradley: You better be ready.

Pacquiao: Yes, I am ready.

Then they stared at each other without blinking and shook hands before heading back to their corners.

Disgusted Arum

If there was genuine hatred between the protagonists for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Arena here, they acted good enough to hide it.

Venerable promoter Bob Arum couldn’t hide his disgust with MGM officials for a serious affront they committed.

Instead of Pacquiao-Bradley II being displayed all over the hotel and casino, it was the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-versus-Marcos Maidana tussle on May 3 that was being shown.

2-1 favorite

The 82-year-old Arum said Pacquiao-Bradley was a much more competitive fight, with sports book putting the eight-division world champion from the Philippines a 2-1 favorite.

In contrast, oddsmakers have installed Mayweather a 15-1 favorite over Maidana.

Only the fact that the grudge rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley, to be shown on HBO pay-per-view (PPV), was sure to be a sellout put a smile back on Arum’s face.

 

PPV superstar

According to Arum, only about a thousand tickets are left and they are sure to be gobbled up in the last three days.

HBO’s Mark Taffet lauded Pacquiao as a PPV superstar.

Taffet said Pacquiao’s 18 PPV fights have generated a total of 12.2 million buys for a whopping $660 million in revenues.

With Pacquiao-Bradley II expected to hit a million buys, Pacquiao should breach the $700 million mark.

Fight of the Year?

WBO president Paco Valcalcel said it could be the Fight of the Year.

Bradley’s showdown with Ruslan Provodnikov was also explosive enough for the Fight of the Year award.

Pacquiao, who is guaranteed $20 million, will be making his 11th appearance at MGM Grand, while Bradley, who’s guaranteed $6 million, will be making his third.

Next fight in Macau

In their first fight, Pacquiao got $25 million while Bradley pocketed $5 million.

With Top Rank’s relationship with MGM strained, Arum intends to bring Pacquiao’s next fight to The Venetian in Macau in November.

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  • PHtaxpayer

    US vs. the PH…let’s get it on! hehe

  • ennaemzaj

    Bradley: “Are you ready?”

    Pacquiao: Yes! I’m ready. How about you, are you ready?

    Bradley: Ready for what?……for the fight?

    Pacquiao: No…..ready to take a bath? Yak! Mag-iisang linggo ka nang di naliligo, lecheng pamahiin yan!

    Ha ha ha ha!

  • Maharoka Hayabusa

    Bradley: Are you ready?

    Pacquiao: You know, Yes, I am ready! You Know..

    Bradley: Are you sure you’re ready to chase me in the ring?

    Pacquiao: You know, yes, this is por the pilipino pipol you know…

  • Phoinex

    Bradley: Are you ready?

    Pacquiao: Yes, I am ready!

    Bradley: Are you sure you’re ready to chase me in the ring?

    Pacquiao: This is not marathon man! it’s boxing!

  • bogli_anakdami

    tanong sa mga no-iq monkeyass flip gung gongs: HOW MANY TRAPOSAKALS/MAGNANANAKAWS ARE IN VEGAS TO CHEER SANTO FUCKQUIAO?

    sirit na?

  • bogli_anakdami

    the entire monkeyass flip gung gong race would be praying to flipgod para manalo si santo fuckquiao, di ba? yun lang…

    sana eh kelangan e one month paid holiday manalo o matalo si santo fuckquiao….

    • dorky boy

      ako at least kumakampi ako sa winner…eh ikaw loser? hahahaha pathetic

  • waraykaon

    Or It could be like this:

    Bradley: Are you ready?
    Pacquiao: Ready for what?
    Bradley: Ready to pay IRS and BIR?

    • dimedumber

      very funny,,, no not funny at all dumba$$

    • felipe ramos sr

      napaka corny !!!

    • jojo mojo

      bwahahahha nice one! pokyaw!!

  • Norda

    Bradley to Manny: Better be ready

    Manny to Bradley: I just knocked out Kim Henares in IRS vs BIR ring

    • slim6744

      Today….April 10,2014….I saw a REPLAY of the Tim Bradley, Manny Pacquiao fight (their first fight)…….I SCORED IT……and I thought the PACMAN WON……ALL TWELVE ROUNDS.

      Pacquiao has BEEN READY…..since he beat Tim Bradley the first time. It goes to show you…..that you CAN BECOME WORLD CHAMPION in BOXING………with a lot of help FROM THE JUDGES scoring the fight.

      Example: When Mr. JOSE LUIS CASTILLO won the fight against “Money” Mayweather”……the JUDGES AWARDED THE WIN TO FLOYD MAYWEATHER. (The first time they fought)……and….AGREED, Mayweather did BEAT Castillo in their second fight.

      So…..Mayweather is NOT……..UNDEFEATED….He LOST the first fight against….JOSE LUIS CASTILLO.

      BOXING is full of POLITICS, and at times…..IT MAY EVEN BE CORRUPT.

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