Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum: If Pacquiao Gives Marquez Effort, Bradley Beats Him

By Chris Robinson

It remains to be seen just how stiff of a challenge undefeated Timothy Bradley will be to Manny Pacquiao when they meet inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The latest foe in Pacquiao’s long line of pay-per-view attractions, Bradley is a fighter who is in his prime, young, strong, full of confidence, and not without some boxing ability. So impressed by Bradley is Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, that he is looking at the contest as nearly a 50/50 type of match.

“I think it’s an even fight,” Arum would tell me from the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon moments before Bradley’s grand arrival. “If Manny performs the same way that he did in the [Juan Manuel] Marquez fight, Bradley will beat him.”

Arum’s reference was to Pacquiao’s recent struggle with Mexico City’s Marquez last November, a bout in which he was fortunate to win after getting off to a slow start. Pacquiao’s effort in that fight, his third with Marquez, makes the Bradley meeting all the more intriguing.

Having promoted then-undefeated Lamont Peterson in late 2009, Arum was sitting ringside in Rancho Mirage, California for the Washington D.C. fighter’s challenge of Bradley WBO junior welterweight title. What took place was an outstanding display from Bradley, who dropped Peterson in the third round on his way to handing him his first and only defeat as a professional.

So smitten was Arum with Bradley’s performance that he heavily pursued the Palm Springs, California fighter after his contract with Gary Shaw expired last year. And after a bit of a tune-up victory over faded former champion Joel Casamayor on the Pacquiao-Marquez III undercard, Arum felt as though the time was right to match Tim against one of the sport’s best.

“We wanted to get, for Manny’s fight, a young fighter who had a great record, who could give Manny a real fight,” said Arum. “That is always what we try to do, is try to get a competitive fight. Because if the fight is not perceived as competitive, you can’t sell. And Bradley was the guy out there, at 147 pounds, that we thought was most competitive for Manny.”

Pacquiao’s biggest rival, and a man he may never face, is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Last month Mayweather came out on top in a spirited battle with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in a pay-per-view attraction that pulled in an estimated 1.5 million buys.

It’s going to be very hard for Pacquiao-Bradley to match those numbers but Arum pointed out the fact that Cotto, the sport’s third biggest attraction, had a lot to do with the success of the promotion.

“We did, with Cotto and [Antonio] Margarito, 600,000 buys. Cotto is a tremendous attraction. A lot of that, if it was [1.5 million], is attributable to Cotto,” stated Arum.

Chris Robinson's Exclusive Pacquiao-Bradley fight week coverage
Exclusive photos from the Pacquiao/Bradley grand arrivals - Behind the scenes at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Pacquiao and Bradley make their arrivals
Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected], www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony and www.Youtube.com/CRHarmony
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mexiking on 06-07-2012

for people who feel that manny, "clearly" won the fight, they sure do make a lot of post-game excuses!:loser:

Comment by Convicted_Felon on 06-07-2012

Listen at Arum talking about his most prized prizefighter. Listen at him talking about Cotto and 600,000 buys against Margarito. You can say that Cotto carried those 600,000 buys by himself. Well Floyd's fight did 1.5 so that means that…

Comment by BROOKLYN CESAR on 06-07-2012

Fcuk these fools trying to act like manny didnt give his all for his fight for JMM!!! Sick of Arum Freddy an Mannys bull**** excuses!!! JMM owned manny!!!

Comment by PacmanP4PLegend on 06-07-2012

[QUOTE=tlaloc;12213103][QUOTE=PacmanP4PLegend;12212821]Can somebody get this guy and the rest of the sore-sobbing Marquez fans on this thread some tissues to soak up their tears for their boy losing for the third time please? I usually don't agree with what arum says…

Comment by Spoon23 on 06-07-2012

[QUOTE=megadeth;12210814]If Cotton is such a big draw, what does it say that Pac did at least 250k less buys w/him than Mayweather did, AFTER Pac had already beaten him badly?[/QUOTE] The other 250k or more ppv buys are from Canelo…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (33)
Top Headlines Austin Trout: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, He's The Best at 160! Kovalev: Loss to Ward in Our Rematch Didn't Break Me Mentally Saunders: I'll Beat Lemieux Convincingly, No Robbery Worries Frank Warren Says Door is Wide Open For Scott Quigg To Join Parker: I'm a Big Risk - Joshua Needs Over 65%, Rematch Clause Parker Promoter: More People Contacted Us About Joshua's Chin Joshua's Promoter: I Can't See a Wilder Deal, Parker More Likely Video: Golden Boy's Diaz Talks Cotto vs. Ali, Arum's Beef, More Alexander Dimitrenko Back on December 22, Adrian Granat Too Sergey Kovalev - From a Single Point to a Question Mark Wilder To Hearn: Add Joshua To Whyte Deal - I'll Whip Their Asses! Video: Kathy Duva Breaks Down HBO Triple, Kovalev's Return Video: Jason Sosa Discusses Yuriorkis Gamboa Showdown Sullivan Barrera to face Sergey Kovalev or Dmitry Bivol in 2018? Farmer Confident of Title Win: None of These Dudes Can Beat Me! Austin Trout: I Would Love To Fight Julian Williams Shabranskyy Sparred With Bivol, Benavidez for Kovalev Fight Video: Yuriorkis Gamboa Discusses Career, Jason Sosa Clash Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Ward, Shabranskyy, Car Accident David Haye Vows To Recover, To Come Back Strong in 2018 Golovkin Blown Away By Treatment in The Motherland - Mexico Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jason Sosa - Go Face To Face Photos: Sullivan Barrera, Felix Valera - Square Up in New York City Photos: Kovalev, Shabranskyy - Face To Face at Final Presser Peltz: Sosa-Gamboa Will Be HBO's Fight of the Night Saturday Eubank Sr. Takes a Deep Dig at Groves' Trainer Shane McGuigan Parker Promoter To Hearn: Worry About Joshua's Chin, Not Presser! James Toney To Joshua: Put on Big-Boy Pants, Come Fight in U.S. News: Cornflake LaManna, Blair Cobbs, Liliana Palmera, More Hearn Thinks Parker Promoter is Bonkers After Presser on Joshua Oscar Valdez To Target Carl Frampton Showdown in 2018 Gary Russell Jr: Will Golden Boy Promotions Let Diaz Fight Me? Duva: 'Irrelevant' Stevenson Has No Interest in Fighting Kovalev Eubank Sr: I Don't See How George Groves Will Go The Distance Wanheng Menayothin Goes for 49-0 in Upcoming Defense Pedro Guevara on Shiro Loss: In Mexico I Could've Gotten Decision McCullough, McCarthy, Ward and Crocker Eager For More Nathaniel Gallimore Stays Busy With Knockout Victory Parker: I'll Make Tyson Fury Rich By Knocking Anthony Joshua Out! Agron Smakici: I Want To Fight With Alexander Dimitrenko
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement