Manny Pacquiao Next Fight Date: Timothy Bradley Match Set April 12 On Boxing Schedule At MGM Grand

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Apr 01, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fights Brandon Rios
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fights Brandon Rios (L) of the U.S. during their World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International 12-round welterweight boxing title fight at the Venetian Macao hotel in Macau November 24, 2013. Pacquiao scored a decisive, unanimous decision victory against American Brandon Rios on Sunday to end a two-fight losing streak and win the vacant WBO International welterweight title. (Photo : Reuters) "

Manny Pacquiao has his next fight as a rematch with Timothy Bradley and the match is set on the boxing schedule for April 12 at the MGM Grand and comes after their controversial fight in 2012 and this could be the top match of the year for the sequel to their first fight on pay-per-view.

Many have wanted Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather, but that has not come to fruition on either side and probably never will, leaving Pacquiao to fight Bradley and this should be a good one after Bradley won a split decision back in 2012. The new fight was agreed to earlier in the year and came a week apart for Pacquiao and Bradley and now both can try and get past that original fight and the results, which ended with a world title for Bradley and many were stunned after the decisions by the judges.

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Bradley had to deal with a number of death threats from Pacquiao fans and now the two fighters will get back in the ring in just under two weeks for their next bout against each other. Many thought Pacquiao had won the fight and now many will bring up that result as the two train for the match, but both Pacquiao and Bradley said that the result was behind them and that they are looking forward to getting back in the ring again. Bradley had participated in multiple fights since the Pacquiao battle and that saw him matchup with Ruslan Provodnikov and beating [Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao comes in at 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts, while Bradley is 31-0 with 12 and now they have the chance to renew a budding rivalry, especially since the Mayweather fight is never happening. Pacquiao has spent time training in the Philippines while preparing for this match with Bradley and since that first fight, Bradley has grown in skill and this one is setting up to be just as tough as the first matchup. Pacquiao comes in after a win against Brandon Rios and that put him back into the mix after the knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and now he has the chance with Bradley again after that fight earlier in 2012.

Bradley had to deal with the controversy after winning the fight against Pacquiao and while no one really gave him a chance in that fight, he put his heart into it and that is why the decision came so close anyway. The Saturday match will be on PPV and many see this as the biggest match for Pacquiao since he took on Oscar de la Hoya and that was a very big match for both fighters and this is the chance to get some redemption on both sides. Bradley has the chance to show he deserved to win that match, while Pacquiao is looking to regain that swagger back.

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