BOXING: Tonight Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao
It could be the fight of the year: Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas tonight, you can see it for $59 bucks on HBO PPV.
A preview from our friends at Supersport.com:
The welterweight bout between the 35-year-old Filipino legend and the 30-year-old American will be watched by millions of viewers all over the world.
The rematch, almost two years after their controversial first fight, has all the ingredients of a classic. It could produce more action, emotion and drama than Floyd Mayweather’s fights later this year.
Since their first fight, Bradley has won two tough defences of his WBO title. He beat Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez to prove his credentials as a champion.
Pacquiao, in contrast, was knocked out in a fight against Marquez before beating Brandon Rios on points.
Memories of their first clash are expected to fire up both fighters. In addition to his search for revenge, Pacquiao also has to show what he has left after 19 years as a professional boxer. Some of his closest family members have asked him to retire after the loss to Marquez.
Still, he is regarded as the favourite to win a fight that will earn him $20 million. Bradley will receive only $6 million.
Pacquiao has a record of 55-5-2, including 38 wins inside the distance. Bradley has not lost in 31 fights and has won 12 by knockout.
In their first fight, Bradley went into the ring not wearing socks after injuring one of his feet. Pacquiao probably underestimated him. Two judges scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley and one had it 115-113 for Pacquiao.
This week’s fight may go 12 rounds again, because Bradley has won only 38 per cent of his fights inside the distance and Pacquiao has not stopped any opponent since November 2009 when he beat Miguel Cotto in the twelfth round.
On the undercard, Kabob Allakhverdiev (19-0; 9) makes the second defence of his IBO and WBA junior welterweight belts when he faces Jessie Vargas (23-0; 9). It could be an excellent bout, too.
The 31-year-old Allakhverdiev, a southpaw Russian, won the vacant title in November 2012 when he beat Joan Guzman. He retained it against Souleymane Mbaye.
Other fights on the card: Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1; 17) against Rocky Martinez (27-2-2; 16) for the NABO lightweight title, and Bryan Vasquez (32-1; 17) against Jose Felix Jr ( 26-0-1; 21) for the WBA interim junior lightweight title.