Arum: Pacquiao-Bradley Rematch Bigger Than First Fight

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday that a deal is almost finalized for a Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch and that an official announcement is imminent.

“We’re very, very close,” Arum said at a news conference in Manhattan for the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos bout Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. “The negotiations are getting down to the nitty gritty. We hope we’ll be able to announce it sometime before the end of this week.”

The unbeaten Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC), of Palm Springs, Calif., and rugged Russian Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) were the two potential opponents Pacquiao was considering facing April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But Bradley beat Provodnikov in one of the most entertaining encounters of 2013, recorded a highly controversial, split-decision win against Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in June 2012 and is fresh off a convincing victory over Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), who knocked the Filipino superstar unconscious in his previous fight.

“I think a Bradley-Pacquiao fight now is much more saleable than the Bradley-Pacquiao fight was when it happened, because Bradley has shined his credentials,” said Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Pacquiao and Bradley. “He had an exciting fight with Provodnikov and beat Marquez. We’re dealing with a different Bradley from the relatively unknown guy who fought Pacquiao the first time.”

HBO Pay-Per-View will televise the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. A multi-city press tour to promote Pacquiao-Bradley II is expected to be scheduled for early next month.

The first fight between Bradley and Pacquiao drew about 900,000 pay-per-view buys. Pacquiao’s last fight, a predictably easy defeat of Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, and the Bradley-Marquez match Oct. 12 in Las Vegas did less buys combined than Pacquiao-Bradley I.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DeadLikeMe on 01-25-2014

[QUOTE=TLC8;14167709]Dude, you're an idiot. Not an apologist in the least bit. You never spent enough time here; [B]the comments were flowing in the street about what a dangerous fight Rios was.[/B] How Manny would get the same result that Marquez…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 01-25-2014

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;14164571]NEW YORK — Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday that a deal is almost finalized for a Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch and that an official announcement is imminent. “We’re very, very close,” Arum said at a news conference in Manhattan for…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-25-2014

[QUOTE=chito;14168337]did he hit pac w/ that movement and activity? who landed the cleaner shots in those rounds?[/QUOTE] Pac landed the cleaner shots,but it was like two or three punches..While Bradley scored throughout the whole rd..Jabs to the body jabs to…

Comment by chito on 01-25-2014

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;14168319]I said the rds were close imo,if you felt like Pac dictated the tempo,cool..I don't agree..Pac was doing nothing in each of those rds until pretty much the end of it..[U]Bradley dictated tempo in those rds with movement and activity..[/U]…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-25-2014

[QUOTE=chito;14168312]what factors you consider in judging a fight. if you think Bradley won rds 1-3, how? from the get-go, pac was dictating the tempo of the fight and he landed some good shots. that was rds 1-3 you mentioned.[/QUOTE] I…

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