Timothy Bradley made a poster touting his "rematch" with Manny Pacquiao (Chris Farina/Top Rank)Timothy Bradley will get his shot at Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in a fight that will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.
If you know the right people -- person, actually -- you can get a heads up on getting into the rematch.
Bradley is so confident of a win over Pacquiao, who is No. 2 in the Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound rankings, that when he held a media day at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday, he brought some props with him.
A fight credential altered by Timothy Bradley (Chris Farina/Top Rank)Bradley brought altered copies of the poster and credential for his fight with Pacquiao. He lists the date of the fight as Nov. 10, with tickets going on sale on June 10 (the day after their bout in Las Vegas).
Pacquiao is a little better than a 4-1 favorite to beat Bradley, who is No. 8 on the Yahoo! Sports list.
If nothing else, Bradley deserves a pat on the back for his confidence. Hopefully, he'll fight as confidently as he sounds.
Bradley is 28-0 with 12 knockouts and will be fighting for Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
If he is accurate, he'll be the first man to beat Pacquiao since Erik Morales did it in 2005 in the very same building. Since then, Pacquiao has won 15 in a row, with eight knockouts.
Bradley will get his wish, and save Top Rank a bit of money on printing credentials, with a win. Pacquiao has a rematch clause and will have the option of fighting Bradley again later in the year should he lose the June 9 match.
When Pacquiao was shown the credential prior to his workout at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, he simply laughed. Be assured, though, that he won't be laughing should he have need on June 10 to exercise it.
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