Before Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) squares off against Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) on April 12th in Las Vegas, the two men will come toe-to-toe in the pre-fight weigh-in.
With the blood boiling as the fight approaches, the two parties will be extremely focused on the task at hand. While this is one of the last opportunities for the media to see the two challengers before the main event, both Pacquiao and Bradley will already be mentally ready for Saturday night.
Here is all the vital viewing information for boxing fans looking to catch the weigh-ins.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Friday, April 11
Start Time: 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT)
Watch: HBO and ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3
Breaking Down Pacquiao vs. Bradley
There is no doubt that the weigh-in will be an entertaining event, but the real battle between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley takes place on Saturday as the two men meet in one of the most anticipated rematches of the last decade.
While Pacquiao was expected to dominate the first fight against Bradley in June 2012, the challenger did not back down from the champion’s attacks and looked to win several rounds. It was a strong performance from Bradley, but few thought he earned the victory.
After reading the judges’ scorecards, Bradley was awarded the controversial split-decision victory.
It wasn’t an easy win to handle for Bradley, though, as he told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports about struggling with the backlash from fans and the media:
It was horrible man, I can't lie. People said some pretty unbelievable things to me. It was hard, real hard. I'm like, 'What did I do?' I just went out and fought, did my job. And what I was going through, wow, that was terrible. I was in a pretty dark place. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Despite the overwhelming opinion that Pac-Man was the true winner in the first fight, it obviously rattled the legend, and he was promptly knocked out in his follow-up fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
A victory over Brandon Rios was a step in the right direction, but Pacquiao needs to dominate his opponent on Saturday night to prove he still has the ability in the ring to be the top fighter in his division.
For Bradley, this is the chance to cement a legacy.
After stunning the world and putting his name on the map, Bradley would love to shake the stigma that the first victory was a fluke. If the champion wins again, there will be few that question his ability to rise to the occasion.
As much as Bradley has improved his speed and defense, Pac-Man is the better all-around fighter and will be determined to salvage his name. With an unmatched tenacity and forward-moving game plan, Pacquiao will bring the attack to Bradley.
While Bradley is strong enough to stretch this fight to 12 rounds, this should be a one-sided battle in favor of Pac-Man.
Predicted Winner: Pacquiao via unanimous decision
*All stats via BoxRec.com.
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