According to a report published Thursday in The Ring, a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be cemented “by tomorrow.”
The 30-year-old Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KOs) is set to defend the WBO welterweight title versus Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"It's not done yet," said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. "But I hope to have an announcement by tomorrow."
In their initial bout in June 2012, Bradley unwittingly stole Pacquiao’s crown when criminally incompetent judges handed him a split decision.
"My supporters shouldn't worry," said Pacquiao, 35, who was named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s. "We're going to get that title."
Pacquiao universally outscored Brandon Rios this past November to capture the WBO international welterweight belt.
Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao peppered the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.
Comparatively, Bradley last vacated the squared circle on October 12 after winning a split decision against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bradley was the aggressor and absolutely handled Marquez throughout the competitive affair.
Unfortunately for Bradley, despite being an extremely formidable prizefighter, he possesses feathery fists and is incapable of hurting Pacquiao.
Plus, considering the revenge factor, Pacquiao will be supremely prepared for a sequel with Bradley.