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Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley agree to clash June 9!

By Ace Freeman (06-Feb-2012)

Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley have reached an agreement to clash June 9 in Las Vegas according to a report from our friends at Ring Magazine.

According to the Ring Magazine, Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley have agreed to terms for a June 9 bout that will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight is another domino falling after yet another collapse in the hotly anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather super-fight talks that subsided for the time being last week when Mayweather signed to face Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on May 5. While it’s not the generational showdown the boxing fans have been hoping for Pacquiao-Bradley does pit the Filipino legend against one of boxing’s best as Bradley is a prime, undefeated slickster who has gained pound-for-pound consideration in recent years. Despite not having a marquee name, Bradley is sure to test Pacquiao with his pugilistic prowess creating yet another compelling 2012 marquee fight for boxing fans this spring. It has been rumoured that the signing of Pacquiao-Bradley and Mayweather-Cotto may pave the way for an attractive clash between 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. With three potential high profile fights set for the early half of 2012 boxing fans can only continue to hope that if victorious, Pacquiao and Mayweather can get their act together to face off in the fall. Stay tuned for more on Pacquiao-Bradley as it develops.

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  • dong

    This fight is better than Floyd vs. Cotto
    http://tube.host22.com/video/3TZbFdc2TT8/watch.html

  • http://blogsurface.com/ Blog Surface

    Both the Pacquiao/Bradley and the Mayweather/Cotto fights are just quick reminders that the mega fight that people actually WANT to watch will never happen. If boxing was a person, it would be crying right now.

  • Fan of MONEY$

    Manny had a for sure 40mil to fight Mayweather, I know he’s getting nowhere close to that with a Bradley fight. Don’t get me wrong I like the fight, but like everyone else that’s not the fight people want to see. I’m getting FED UP with boxing nobody wants to fight each other!

  • Jerry

    I don’t see why these athletes can’t agree on a reasonable cut. 50/50 of a pot of large amounts? Unless there were other reasons why it couldn’t be like that but that’s just greedy.

  • Anonymous

    i have an idea maybe it is better if ruben garcia will be a referee or judge for this bout,,,,another wanna be rob out decision and bad officiating bwa ha ha ha

  • Baghdad

    another cherry picked for pacquiao? i cant see the big bubble stadium. arum is a liar so does pacquiao.

  • gil

    I don’t know how to feel about this bout.

  • Anonymous

    Boxing is fucken dead rip ufc

  • http://fightfan.com Ace Freeman

    In no way is this a poor or cherry picked opponent for Pacquiao.

    Bradley is (in my opinion) the best 140 pound fighter in the world and a top 7-13 area pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

    The only draw back is his name and lack of drawing power. But had Pacquiao picked someone solely for their name he would have taken heat for not facing a quality opponent.

    Bradley is young, hungry, undefeated and in his prime.

    I actually think this could be a difficult fight for Manny. Bradley is slick and tricky and could present him with some problems.

    As disappointed as I am the “big fight” didn’t come off… Mayweather-Cotto, Pac-Bradley and Marquez-Peterson are three great headlining bouts for this spring / summer. Hopefully they can parlay that into the big fight this fall. (Fingers crossed).

  • edith

    Tim desert storm Bradley is going to give pacquaio a good fight.

  • Anonymous

    bradley beat holt,peterson and alexander to bad he didnt want to fight khan if he had beat him this would of been a better fight.

  • Ray

    So the “big fight” could possibly happen for the fall? How long is Mayweather going to be in jail for?

  • gakiis47

    It’s gonna be tremendous fireworks when these 2 collide. The kind of fight fans want to see. Offense vs offense. A slam bang affair, to Pacman’s liking for sure!

  • gakiis47

    At least Pacman doesn’t mind facing a fighter in the top 10 pound for pound.

  • Fighter

    Hopefully it’ll be a good fight but once again neither of these are a substitute for the real super-fight that should’ve happened a long time ago as we pretty much know who the winners are gonna be when it comes to Bradley/Pacquiao & Mayweather/Cotto respectively although they should be competitive. The top 2 P4P fighters need to fight for the good of the sport, act like fighters who care about legacy instead of business men who’s only concern is money because at the end of the day they both have enough money to last a lifetime so who cares about the split, they’re both wealthy men already. I think maybe it should be winner takes all and be done with it since they can’t agree.

  • Monir Miah

    @ Ace Freeman- So what if Bradley is the top 140lb fighter? The fight is at 147lbs. He is unproven at that weight, he hasnt beaten any outstanding fighters at 140lbs either (no fault of his because there isnt any). He is going to now fight an all time great in Pacman…he will be knocked out cold within 8 rounds.
    Iv noticed some comments about Bradley being a top 10 p4p fighter…um, excuse me..he has only had 1 fight against an unknown besides in his own division. Can someone with more knowledge than myself remind us what p4p means?

    *Admin edit: Personal Insults*

  • http://fightfan.com jin

    great job Monir Miah.

  • hehehe

    i hope they make this shit in a catchweight, im a pacman fan but he made ppl make it for him so if bradley asked him for 144lb he should agree to it, after all pacman can make it easily

    pacman will ko this guy regardless

  • http://fightfan.com Ace Freeman

    @Monir Miah

    Please watch the personal insults. It’s fine to disagree, but you don’t need to be insulting others who have a different take.

    Bradley thoroughly beat Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander. The only man to beat both of those highly ranked fighters. He also beat Kendal Holt. All of those fights came within the last few years.

    While Pacquiao fights at 147, he can’t even weigh in at that limit so the size difference is really a moot point.

    What you have in this fight is two world class fighters in their prime.

    When you look at the fights that were available for Manny at this time, this is a very good match up.

    Lastly, pound for pound rankings are mythical and subjective. As I said (in my opinion) Bradley is fringe top ten. He’s the best fighter in one of boxing’s best weight classes, is undefeated, has wins over a couple other highly ranked fighters from that division, and is abundantly skilled when you’re watching him (the common sense factor).

    I don’t see what’s not to like about this fight / opponent based on the options available.

  • DRE

    BRADLEY IS NO EASY OPPONENT! IF YOU DARE WRITE THAT HE IS, THEN IM SORRY TO SAY THAT YOU DONT KNOW YOUR STUFF. THIS WILL BE PACS TOUGHEST FIGHT EVER, IF HE WINS I THINK IT MIGHT BE HIS LAST. BRADLEY IS VERY HUNGRY AND HAS THE STYLE TO GIVE MANNY MANY PROBLEMS! IF PAC-MAN GETS REMOTLEY TIRED OR FATIGUED THEN ITS A LOSS FOR HIM THAT NIGHT! IF PAC SHOWS THE SAME STAMINA THAT HE DID AGAINST MARGARITO, MARQUEZ THEN HIS WINNING WAYS ARE OVER, BRADLEY WILL BE VERY FRESH FOR 12 RDS, UNLESS MANY KOS HIM! MANNY BY KO, IF ITS NOT A MANY KO IT WILL BE A DESSERT STORM UD, SP DECISION OR EVEN A TKO FOR BRADLEY. THIS IS THE FIGHT THAT MANNY SHOULD BE FIGHTING! NOT PBF! TIM BRADLEY IS THE DESERVING FIGHTER TO FACE MANNY. PBFVS PAC IS FOR THE FANS, BUT PAC VS BRADLEY IS WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IN MANNYS CASE.

  • http://fightfan Allex

    Pacquiao is out of his prime. Bradley is in his prime. With that said Bradley is his prime should be able to give pacquiao a run for his money. This won’t be an easy fight for Pacquiao nonetheless. Bradley will feel pacquiao’s power with will ultimately lead PAC man to the victory.

  • gakiis47

    @monir miah

    Unless you are a boxing analyst with Ring Magazine and replaced Bradley with someone else in the P4P list, then maybe you are right. If not, then just zip it.

  • Monir Miah

    My apologies if anyone felt insulted…I havent seen too much of Kendal Holt but I can safely say Peterson and Alexander are not wolrd class fighters.
    @ Ace Freeman- You mention Pacmans fighting weight being less than 147, fair point. Regardless though, he has been campainging at WW for a while and Bradley at JW. There is a reason for that. How can you expect it to be competitive when Bradley is moving up in weight to fight one of the best fighters of all time in his own division. That can only mean by implication Pacman is not the real deal. I say he is…hence Bradley and others will get found out. This fight has been arranged just to keep Top Rank money in house.
    I do believe it will be an interesting fight for a few rounds.

  • http://fightfan.com Ace Freeman

    Well you would be incorrect about Peterson and Alexander. Both have proven with world title victories that they are indeed world class fighters. How could you possibly say that about Peterson after seeing what he just did to Amir Khan? We’ll have to agree to disagree on those ones because I believe those are clearly world class fighters that Bradley beat convincingly.

    2nd, all throughout boxing history the best fighters from one division have moved up to face the best fighters from another division. Pacquiao has made a career out of it through *eight* weight divisions. Bradley is a natural junior welterweight with 28 fights at or above 140 so his challenge at 147 from 140 would mark his *first* division moved up.

    And FYI Bradley fought at welterweight last year (weighing 147 against Luis Carlos Abreguwho was a 29-0 welterweight at the time Bradley beat him) and has fought above 140 several times through out his career.

    How is that in any way a bad thing?

    And further to that is my original point that Pacquiao is not really a welterweight (despite campaigning there recently) which dispels the notion that Bradley is moving up and giving away size and strength.

    It just doesn’t make sense to concede that Manny doesn’t really have any kind of size advantage over Bradley and then insist Bradley won’t be competitive because he’s moving up a division for the fight (to fight a small welterweight).

    Again, when you look at the handful of fighters available this was a very good choice. Bradley is the real deal, the best 140 pound fighter in the world, and a very credible fight for Pacquiao, Mayweather or anyone at 140 – 147.

    You can feel free to think he was a softer choice but your last statements suggesting it’s a fraudulent fight that somehow invalidates Pacquiao is outright ridiculous. Bradley is a world champion and a pound-for-pound caliber fighter in his prime. It’s a solid fight if not a very good one.

    • Monir miah

      Interesting reply, maybe i didnt explain myself accurately: Bradley is the best JW at the moment granted, he is not that good in the grand scheme of things i.e. He wouldnt beat a prime Hatton, well shudnt have and most definitely a Kostya Tszyu would destroy him.
      Regarding weight; I would think Pacman will be stronger than him simply because he has now fought bigger men several times: margarito, mosley, cotto, clottey etc. But will he use that strength to hus advantag, i dont know. He didnt overpower Marquez when he should have done.
      In restrospect i agree he is fighting the best JW at the moment….i think it will be an exciting fighg similar to hiw Pac vs Jorge Solis was interesting but Pacman has way too much movement for him. Moreover, people suggesting Bradley is a countetpuncher are wrong (even if he is he is not an elite level counter puncher-the only type who may give Pac problems) he attemps to be aggressive for long periods of time. No one in boxing can actually fight Pacman with this style and succeed. He can be beaten by someone at a controlled tempo and accurate counters mixed up with leads (mayweather ohh yeah).
      I dont think Bradley head should be an issue either, pacman doent really fight hard on the inside, I would say hes a mid to short range fighter.

  • Gordon

    Monir Miah, the arguement about bradley moving up is unjust. was it a problem for Marquez to move up(natural 135lb)? he was unproven also dont you think? if not Bradley then who do you want him to fight?

    p.s

    who is your favorite fighter?

  • bo

    This fight will prove to be an upset for pacman.

  • Monir Miah

    Interesting reply, maybe i didnt explain myself accurately: Bradley is the best JW at the moment granted, he is not that good in the grand scheme of things i.e. He wouldnt beat a prime Hatton, well shudnt have and most definitely a Kostya Tszyu would destroy him.
    Regarding weight; I would think Pacman will be stronger than him simply because he has now fought bigger men several times: margarito, mosley, cotto, clottey etc. But will he use that strength to hus advantag, i dont know. He didnt overpower Marquez when he should have done.
    In restrospect i agree he is fighting the best JW at the moment….i think it will be an exciting fighg similar to hiw Pac vs Jorge Solis was interesting but Pacman has way too much movement for him. Moreover, people suggesting Bradley is a countetpuncher are wrong (even if he is he is not an elite level counter puncher-the only type who may give Pac problems) he attemps to be aggressive for long periods of time. No one in boxing can actually fight Pacman with this style and succeed. He can be beaten by someone at a controlled tempo and accurate counters mixed up with leads (mayweather ohh yeah).
    I dont think Bradley head should be an issue either, pacman doent really fight hard on the inside, I would say hes a mid to short range fighter.

  • Monir Miah

    @Jin

    Thanks bro…Heihachi Mishima all the way lol.

  • Monir Miah

    @ Gordon

    Fair point about Marquez moving up,I was slightly wrong to suggest Bradley moving up is a farce. But Marquez is one of the best counter punchers ever and he also had two close fights with pacman.
    My favourite retired fighters are: Iron Mike and Prince Naz. Currently they would be Pacman and Money. I have also enjoyed Cottos career to be honest he had some awsome fights (Ricardo torres was one)

  • Smiling_Wolf

    Not really into this one, but Pacquiao really can’t overlook Bradley. He thought JMM would be a walkover and look what happened to him then.

    I am looking forward to a slightly more improved Manny, though – hopefully he’ll be boxing more and not needing to walk in on his opponents all the time.

    That said, I think Bradley will get KO’d if he tries to be brave, in reference to how Holt got to him before.

  • gakiis47

    Remember Emmanuel Lucero less a decade ago? Undefeated, KO artist, a hot prospect then until he challenged Pac in one of the lower weight classes. He tried to go toe to toe and paid the price. He suffered his first KO loss after that single devastating left hand. A younger undefeated Bradley at a few weight classes higher might suffer the same fate if he tries to be carelessly aggressive. But as we all know Pac is 33, heavier and should show a little decline in quickness as his edge. He should be more focused than ever against a hungrier Bradley who is aiming to make a name for himself as one of the future stars of boxing. Pac has a few more competitive fights in him before he calls it q quits and this is one of them. And the last one should be against Money greedy Floyd(c’mon man quit playing games and agree to an even purse split!)

  • gakiis47

    Remember Emmanuel Lucero less a decade ago? Undefeated, KO artist, a hot prospect then until he challenged Pac in one of the lower weight classes. He tried to go toe to toe and paid the price. He suffered his first KO loss after that single devastating left hand. A younger undefeated Bradley at a few weight classes higher might suffer the same fate if he tries to be carelessly aggressive. But as we all know Pac is 33, heavier and should show a little decline in quickness as his edge. He should be more focused than ever against a hungrier Bradley who is aiming to make a name for himself as one of the future stars of boxing. Pac has a few more competitive fights in him before he calls it quits and this is one of them. And the last one should be vs Floyd(c’mon man quit playing games and agree to an even purse split!)

  • hehehe

    undefeated.. but never fought at 147.

    ricky hatton never fought at 147 before floyd either.

  • hehehe

    if floyd is so confident he should just say, winner takes all.

  • Treva

    Prediction: Bradley wins on points

  • The Golden SouthPaw

    i agree with several of the readers who obviously know a little something about boxing. YES. Bradley is a real challenger! this will not be an easy fight. Bradley is in his prime. in great condition and throw a lot of punches… plus, hes a small guy.. does not give a big target.. and hes quick.. these physical attributes will cause pacman problems… i would not be surprised to see this fight in an upset. The Golden SouthPaw RS

  • Anonymous

    this is gonna be a good fight.. war bradley..

  • hehehe

    why does people think now that fighting bigger man is actually easier because they are “easier target” like the poster above said.??!?

    why dont you just fight a big man and then see if you can even reach him

  • tymikeson

    bradley will be an extremely tough fight for pacman. I really dont see how pacmans team wanted this fight as it is very high risk no reward. kudos to him for taking it though.

    bradley is an undefeated up and coming superstar but the general public has no idea who he really is. pacman has alot to lose in this fight but not much to gain (in the eyes of the general public, not so for hardcore fans).

    I really hope pacman can pull it off and we see mayweather/pac in nov/dec 2012

    same for may/cotto- high risk no reward for may, if he beats him but not in as dominating fashion as pacman, he will be critized, if he loses…well you know.

  • Anonymous

    team PACMAN was forced to match up against TIM Bradley coz he is the only available fighter left. this will test pacman’s skills coz tim is a lot faster. i hope that pac and his team have no excuse if he lose this fight.

  • gakiis47

    Pacman counter offered Floyd 55-45 split with bigger share going to the winner,but Floyd also did not agree. He simply insisted on a 40million guarantee for Pac and the rest is his which is total nonsense! Pac attracted more pay per view than Floyd just comparing their last fights.

  • Ceddybaby

    Pacquiao, will never make it pass this fight. This is a complete surprise to me that Bob (Mafia) Arum would take this “Big!” risk fighting outside Bob Arums camp. Bob Arum, would have to “Pay” Tim Bradley to lose (like Mosley). If Pacman, can get pass this he has earn some respect from me…Peace

  • The Golden SouthPaw

    to: hehee
    i dont know how many fights you’ve had.. but you are taking my comment too literally…. when i say.. bradley is a small guy and compact and quick.. that those things combined will make him a difficult target…pacman has played catch weight with all the “bigger” guys and in many cases he was the heavier guy at the time of the fight… the other guys were drained and weak.. and we were a sitting duck (dlh)… my guess is manny will miss more against bradley cuz bradley will roll with punches, be elusive and then counter back which will make manny throw even less… The Golden SouthPaw RS

  • hehehe

    we will see

  • Anonymous

    these pactards will cry all day when pacman lost to Bradley….

  • http://fightfan.com jin

    pacman for sure will going to lost this fight cause manny are planning to retired after this fight thier giving bradley a big break,..thats for sure,..

  • mayweathr_racist

    After that racist remark against NY Knick phenom Jeremy Lin, Mayweather has lost all respect from Asians. He must lead a very sad life for him not to be happy for a fellow American athlete succeeding in his own game of basketball. Mayweather is of African descent. Lin is if Taiwanese descent. But they are both Americans for Gods sakes!! Floyd is simply a hater, a racist to say the least. He craves for attention so much that he is willing to make such remarks so everyone will be drawn to him again. What kind of a person really is Mayweather?