Manny Pacquiao has had one of the most illustrious careers in recent boxing history, and he’s hoping to leave the sport on a high note. In what he’s said will be his last fight, Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for a third time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Ulike their previous two fights, the WBO welterweight championship will be on the line. Pacquiao lost the belt to Bradley after a controversial split decision loss in 2012, but he won it back two years later. Pacquiao relinquished the belt to Floyd Mayweather in last May’s mega-fight, but the undefeated boxer dropped the belt and Bradley regained it in an interim title fight. Bradley, however, vacated the belt in February.
Bradley is an underdog for the third straight time, but plenty of experts believe he will win. Two-time cruiserweight world titlist Steve Cunningham indicated to Forbes that Bradley will come out on top, and Floyd Mayweather Sr. did the same when speaking to BoxingScene.
Pacquiao will fight for the first time since losing to Mayweather and having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Before that defeat, Pacquiao had won three straight unanimous decisions, including one over Bradley. Bradley’s last fight resulted in a ninth-round TKO over Brandon Rios, and his loss to Pacquiao in 2014 remains the only defeat of his career.
The hype for this bout might not be what it was the first time, or even the second time. Seats are still available at Ticketmaster, the most expensive of which cost $1,204. Tickets in the 200-section can be had for $204. Floor seats are only available on the secondary ticket market, and they can be had for around $1,500.
Watching the fight on TV will cost at least $64.95, which is the price to buy the pay-per-view in standard definition. The PPV is going for $69.95 in HD.
Manny Pacquiao Timothy Bradley
Age: 37 32
Height: 5’5 ½” 5’6”
Weight: 145.5 lbs 146.5 lbs
Reach: 67” 69”
Stance: Southpaw Orthodox
Record: 57-6-2, 38 KO’s 33-1-1, 13 KO’s
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley (Welterweight)
Gilberto Ramirez vs. Arthur Abraham (Super Middleweight)
Oscar Valdez vs. Evgeny Gradovich (Featherweight)
Jose Ramirez vs. Manuel Perez (Super Lightweight)
Juan Diaz, former light welterweight champion: Bradley
Robert Garcia, trainer: Pacquiao by knockout
Nacho Beristain, trainer: Pacquiao
Errol Spence, undefeated welterweight: Bradley
Anthony Riccobono, International Business Times: Pacquiao by split decision
Bobby Ilich, International Business Times: Pacquiao by knockout
Greg Price, International Business Times: Bradley by unanimous decision