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Pacquiao vs Bradley: Rematch Prank Won't Get Desert Storm Second Shot at Pac-Man

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Timothy Bradley stands in front of a placard advertising Bradley Paquiao 2, which would happen if he wins their upcoming fight in June, at a media workout  at Fortune Gym on May 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The workout is in advance of Bradley's upcoming WBO welterweight championship fight against Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterJune 1, 2012

Kudos to Timothy Bradley for having fun with the promotion of his June 9th title fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Because once he steps into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., he won't be having much fun at all, unless he enjoys playing the part of punching bag, for whatever reason.

According to Gayle Falkenthal of The Washington Times, Bradley had a poster at his pre-fight press conference on Tuesday promoting a rematch with Pacquiao on November 10th.

It was nothing more than a prank, albeit a bold one, given the competition. The insinuation, of course, is that Desert Storm will stop Pac-Man's 15-match winning streak, prompting the latter to ask the former for a chance to recoup his belts.

Not that Pacquiao needs any more motivation for mauling Bradley the first time around. Aside from keeping titles and streaks alive, Pacquiao's trying to maintain his "brand" in the boxing world, at least long enough to finally pick a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

And, more importantly, merit an even split of the winnings.

A November rematch with Bradley would presumably push the "Fight of the Century" into 2013. Then again, it might have to wait until then anyway, what with Money May just beginning a 90-day prison sentence in Nevada for pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor harassment.

For now, though, it's an entertaining ploy, though if anyone's going to be begging for a rematch after Pacquiao-Bradley next Saturday, it'll more than likely be Bradley.

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