Manny Pacquiao Reportedly Leaning Toward a Timothy Bradley Rematch for Nov. 10

Mick Akers@@mickakersAnalyst IAugust 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (L-R) Manny Pacquiao lands a left to the head of Timothy Bradley during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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After much speculation about who eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao's next opponent for his scheduled Nov. 10 fight date would be, Pacman's legal adviser Franklin Gacal believes Pacquiao will chose a rematch with Timothy Bradley, according to the Philippine Star.

"I think it’s Bradley," Gacal said, adding, "There’s a score to settle with Bradley."

If Bradley is Pacman's choice for Nov. 10, it would be a wise decision for his legacy. He will have the chance to avenge his controversial split-decision loss from this past June.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) was said to have had a short list of fighters (per BoxingScene.com) that he was considering for his next fight. In addition to Bradley (29-0, 12 KO), former junior middleweight champ Miguel Cotto and longtime rival Juan Manuel Marquez were said to be considered. 

Fighting Marquez for a fourth time may have not been a popular move, considering the two have already fought three times, with Pacquiao prevailing in each.

Even though Pacquiao would most likely have made more money against Cotto (37-3, 30 KO), choosing Bradley is the right decision.

Beating Bradley will help create some more leverage for Pacman if and when his camp sits down with Floyd Mayweather's camp to try to get the superfight signed for sometime next year.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) would be sure to use Pacquiao's loss to Bradley against him when the money situation comes up, so getting his revenge is a smart move before discussing a Mayweather bout.

Pacquiao would be best off trying to end a possible Bradley rematch early, as leaving the decision up to the judges could potentially put his boxing career in limbo.

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