On April 12, boxing fan favorite Manny Pacquiao will face off against Timothy Bradley for the second time in the fight that could end his career! Will you be tuning in to the legendary boxing match?
The first time that Manny Pacquiao, 34, and Timothy Bradley, 30, faced off was on June 9, 2012, and Manny lost a match for the first time in 7 years — but Timothy’s win was controversial. In 2013, Timothy denied Manny a rematch, but on April 12 it all comes to a head as Timothy and Manny fight once more in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Read on and tell us if you’ll be tuning in!
Manny Pacquiao And Timothy Bradley Face Off On April 12
Timothy’s win in 2012 was controversial — while boxing fans everywhere thought that it was the Pac-Man who had clearly won the match, the judges gave Timothy the win.
When Manny requested a rematch in 2013, Timothy declined because “The first fight with [Manny] had taken an enormous psychological toll on [Timothy] and he publicly stated he wasn’t interested in a rematch,” according to Sports Illustrated. Interestingly enough, however, Timothy has been outspoken in declaring that Manny is not the fighter he used to be — big words for somebody who initially declined a rematch.
Manny Pacquiao And Timothy Bradley Fight For The Second Time: Who Will Win?
Manny, a fan favorite, has not resorted to the kind of trash talking that Timothy has — and a lot of fans don’t think that he needs to. Manny is confident that he’ll be taking home the WBO welterweight title, and so are the Vegas odds, which place Manny as a favorite by a high margin.
However, if Manny loses this fight, it may prove the naysayers correct — boxing fans may begin to really believe that Manny has gone soft and it may irreparably damage his career.
The action begins on April 12 at 6pm ET on HBO where they’ll be airing a 30-minute Weigh-In Live show before the fights begin.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you rooting for Manny or Timothy? Could this damage Manny’s career?
— Amanda Michelle Steiner