The second battle between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley happens live Saturday, April 12, but in this era of DVR, pay-per-view and on-demand viewing, there is more than one way to watch a major sporting event.
Of course, the reason that Pacquiao vs. Bradley will air live on pay-per-view is money. It's no secret that Pac-Man is a huge draw on his own, with six fights from 2008 to 2011 averaging more than one million buys.
Here's a look at how to catch all the action between Pacquiao and Bradley in their WBO welterweight championship fight, as well as a preview of the sure-to-be epic encounter.
|April 12, 2014||Undercard at 7:00 p.m. ET; Main Card at 10:00 p.m. ET||TopRank.tv (Undercard is free, Main Card available for $59.95)|
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Which fighter needs to win more?
There is added drama for this fight with Bradley because of the way the first fight ended. Most people who saw that battle in June 2012, fans and media, assumed Pacquiao had won easily. The Destroyer landed 253 punches, including 190 power shots, to Bradley's 153 and 108, according to CompuBoxOnline.com, so the outrage after the judges awarded Desert Storm the fight was justifiably loud.
Hamilton Nolan of Deadspin.com wrote about the "process" judges use when scoring a boxing match, basically concluding that there is no real method to how these usually anonymous faces operate:
So how do they decide who wins the rounds, absent knockdowns? They just decide that (stuff). There is really no precise standard or rule book. A generally accepted method is: whichever fighter you would not have wanted to be in a given round probably lost the round.
The original decision in the first fight did leave a black eye on boxing that it is still trying to heal from, because the integrity of the sport was compromised, but it was also a good thing for business.
If Pacquiao had just beaten Bradley like everyone assumed he did, there would be no cause for a rematch and Bradley wouldn't be the star he is today. That's not to say what happened was right, just a pseudo-silver lining for the sport to get another big-money match.
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