Pacquiao vs. Bradley in November?
By Jason Kim: According to the latest boxing news, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) will be facing unbeaten WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO’s) in November rather than Juan Manuel Marquez. Amir Khan, a close friend of Pacquiao’s, said on his facebook page that Bradley will be signing with Top Rank soon and he’s going to be the one that Pacquiao fights next, not Marquez. This is interesting because Bradley has the speed to give Pacquiao a good fight.
Marquez will then likely be facing Zab Judah for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight title rather than facing former lightweight champion David Diaz on July 2nd, which was the fight that Marquez was talking about having as a tune-up for a third fight with Pacquiao in November. It’s unclear why Bradley would be getting the shot against Pacquiao next unless Marquez wasn’t willing to agree to his pay percentage or the lack of a catchweight for a fight against the now bigger Pacquiao.
Bradley, 27, is coming off of a 10th round technical decision win over Devon Alexander in January. Bradley has been talked about as a potential opponent for Khan. However, the money that was offered to Bradley recently to fight Khan, $1.3 million, wasn’t to Bradley’s liking and he decided to bypass the Khan fight and look in another direction. Bradley is considered to be the best fighter in the light welterweight division by many boxing fans. A fight with Khan was supposed to help determine for the time being who the perceived best fighter in the division is. But a fight against Pacquiao would be a much better option for Bradley then taking smaller money to fight Khan.
Pacquiao defeated Shane Mosley last weekend by a one-sided 12 round decision. The fight was a disappointing one, as Mosley ran and held for much of the fight and looked to be reluctant to mix it up with Pacquiao. Additionally, Pacquiao looked slower than usual and appeared to have lost a step or two compared to his past performances.
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