The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to the highly anticipated rematch between undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. Fans looking to attend this historic event can check out TicketCity for information on Boxing matches in 2014.
For two years boxing fans have been waiting for this rematch, after the last outing left a sour taste in their mouths.
In their last fight, it was judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford who scored the bout in favor of Bradley, and neither of them will be involved in the decision this time around.
The three judges chosen for Pacquiao-Bradley II were Glenn Trowbridge of Nevada, Michael Pernick of Florida and John Keane from Great Britain. Neither fighter had any issues with the judges selected by the NSAC.
Since losing to Bradley, Pacquiao went on to get viciously knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez before rebounding with a unanimous decision win over Brandon Rios to claim the WBO International Welterweight title. Pacquiao’s title is not on the line in this bout, but he will still be looking for a shot at redemption.
Bradley, on the other hand, followed up his controversial win over Pacquiao with a clear-cut win over Ruslan Provodnikov and a dominant performance over Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao, in a bout that miraculously ended in a split-decision.
This time around, both men will be looking to make a statement.
Bradley wants to prove that he is the better fighter and that he is worthy of owning the WBO welterweight title, while Pacquiao wants to show that he should have never lost his belt and he’ll want to keep the fight out of the hands of the judges.
Pacquiao will be pushing the pace and attempt to control the fight like he did in the first bout, as he works his way to a unanimous decision victory to set up a trilogy and reclaim his title.