Bob Arum and Todd duBoef, CEO and President of Top Rank, and Michael Koncz of MP Promotions are announced that an agreement was reached today for undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade, former pound-4-pound king of boxing and now Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
The re-match will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO PAY-PER-VIEW.
Both fighters and their teams will embark on a U.S. media tour the week of February 3, including press conferences in Los Angeles and New York on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, respectively. Ticket information and other details on the promotion and the media tour will be released within the week while fight fans still wait on the announcement of Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent.
When Pacquiao and Bradley rumbled the first time, on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand, Bradley's hand was raised via a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao's welterweight title reign as well as his seven-year, 15-bout winning streak. Though both fighters claimed victory neither was satisfied. Destiny may have played a hand in their first battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determines the winner of this exciting rematch.