Deal reached for Pacquiao-Bradley 3 on for April 9, says Arum

Dec 30, 2015
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“We took a lot of consideration knowing Bradley has improved a lot as a fighter since the last time they’ve met in 2014”. Since then, he has undergone surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff he claimed impeded him in his points loss to Mayweather. “He could change his mind, then everyone says I’m a huckster”, Arum said. Some fans would obviously he happy to pay to see another Mayweather vs. Berto fight, but my guess is there wouldn’t be a huge amount of people willing to shell out their hard-earned money to see another mismatch.

“We all gave him (Pacquiao) an input”, Arum said.

“I don’t want to say that (it’s his last fight)”, Arum told Reuters via telephone. Probably not. We’re going to try to come as close as we can, and hopefully exceed it, but I understand what we’re up against. If not for this fight, Bradley’s options were not that great.

Bradley now holds the WBO welterweight title belt that was vacated by Floyd Mayweather – who won it off of Manny Pacquiao. Bradley was chosen over Britain’s Amir Khan and junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford.

Bradley parted ways with long-time trainer Joel Diaz after his narrow victory in June over Jesse Vargas, and hired Atlas to train him for his fight with Brandon Rios in November.

“Tim Bradley always comes prepared for a fight”.

Pacquiao has officially filed his certificate of candidacy last October to vie for one of the 12 senate seats that will be vacated by incumbent senators whose terms of office are expiring next year.

“I don’t know that Manny has to prove anything other than he’s better than the current Bradley and his new coach”.

In what is supposed to be the final fight of his distinguished career, Manny Pacquiao will fight one last time, but against an opponent with which he is very familiar: Timothy Bradley.

I think Arum and Top Rank need that passing of the torch in order to turn Crawford into a PPV star the way that Oscar De La Hoya did a passing of the torch to Pacquiao in 2008, when he was pounded into submission by the younger Filipino fighter. Bradley stopped Rios in the ninth round, dropping the rugged brawler two times and forcing the hand of referee Tony Weeks. “Teddy Atlas has turned him into a completely different fighter. I think yes, but we’ll have to see”.

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