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Arum Not Surprised Bradley Announced Pacquiao Rematch

By Rick Reeno

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is not surprised with Timothy Bradley's headline making maneuver of announcing a rematch with Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) for the date of November 10. The November date is a tentative spot for the Filipino champion's next fight. This coming Saturday, Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight championship against Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"He's very confident that he's going to win. That's why he wanted this fight so much, because he feels that he can beat Pacquiao. He's younger, he's as fast [as Pacquiao] and he probably has better stamina than Manny does," Arum told BoxingScene.com.

One thing Bradley has managed to do, that some of Pacquiao's previous opponents were unable to do, is carry the pre-fight promotion with his verbal skills. Additionally, Arum believes Pacquiao's recent religious awakening has opened up a new market of fans who are paying close attention to the fight.

"[Juan Manuel] Marquez, you understand, has the language problems although he can speak some English. He was also confident. [Shane] Mosley was in there for a payday and he didn't say much. But this kid is a young lion who believes he can win the fight," Arum said.

"I feel the buzz has been terrific for this fight. Everybody realizes how competitive it is. But there is an added element to this fight that hasn't been there since [Muhammad] Ali fought. I've never seen enthusiasm and such interest from religious people as I've seen for this fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by I Love Jesus! on 06-06-2012

[QUOTE=zuldo;12209821]Anybody who belive that Bradley is getting ko or tko is living In denial n has the IQ of an onion..**** arum im based on facts i know Bradley never fought nobody like puquiao but puquiao Never fought nobody like…

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 06-06-2012

[QUOTE=tlarry;12209713]Arum...you clown, you could learn something from Mosley; Shut Up! Bradley younger and physically carved up....but so what. They ALL have a plan. They ALL say the right things. Then I remember Mosley saying... "I've NEVER been hit that hard"....…

Comment by apokalips on 06-06-2012

Arum makes it sound like they tried to sell this fight to religious fans...conspiracy theorists/sceptics would say that is why Manny has become even more public with his sentiments of God. Anyway Mosley was there for the payday that cannot…

Comment by uhuhuh on 06-06-2012

Bradley, you really know what true boxer is, I salute you for being a real sport. Promoting your fight is the smartest thing that you can do the most. Rather than throwing nasty words to make a point to your…

Comment by Jayallday9 on 06-06-2012

Arum isn't suprised because he believes Pac will lose like I do!

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