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."