Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Latest News and Start Time Info for Massive Bout

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJune 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08:  Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The much-anticipated fight between boxing stars Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley is less than 24 hours away.

If you love thrilling fights between exciting boxers who are aggressive and like to come out attacking their opponents early, then you must watch this fight.

Let's look at the latest news and notes for Saturday's fight from Las Vegas.


Fight Time Changed

It would have been very unwise for HBO and boxing promoters to allow this fight to go up against the NBA matchup between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, which is Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Since Game 6 of that series on Thursday night received record TV ratings, you can expect the majority of the sports world to have their eyes glued to this game as well.

Saturday night's fight time was wisely changed, and the Chicago Tribune has the details:

The fight's promoter, Bob Arum, made the announcement in a statement.

"I'm not waiting for Manny's request on this one," Arum said. "We will not begin the Pacquiao-Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game. Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans   watching the basketball game won't have to make a choice between events -- they will be able to watch both."

To get the most people possible watching this fight, the decision to delay it to the late evening had to be made.


Weigh-In Results

Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley participated in their pre-fight weigh-in Friday in Las Vegas. PacMan was weighed at 147 pounds, setting a new career high for himself. Bradley was weighed at 146 pounds.

This is a huge fight for Bradley, who needs a major win against an opponent such as Pacquiao to cement himself as an elite boxer.