LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had its time to shine last night (Fri., June 8, 2012) with the UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall" event from Sunrise, Florida. Now, the combat sports world turns its attention to tonight's Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley WBO welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao's run up to this bout has been tumultuous to say the least. In the span of a week this past March, the Pinoy slugger was charged with tax evasion and harboring a fugitive. Recent reports indicate that his marriage with the lovely Jinkee may be on the rocks, as when Pacquiao decided that the two should renew their wedding vows following his win over Marquez, she refused.
All this, combined with "Pacman" weighing in as heavy as ever for the bout and looking generally out of shape (for him at least), has led to a growing belief that Bradley will pull off the shocking upset. We'll find out when the pair square off later this evening (June 9, 2012) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a major prize fight that will air on HBO pay-per-view (PPV), beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
So how did both men prepare for tonight's showdown? The HBO 24/7 crew followed both fighters and found out in the lead-up to tonight's explosive match-up. Watch every episode to catch yourself up after the jump.
(Episode three will go up just as soon as it is made available online.)
See you soon!