In case you were unaware, Welterweight standouts Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will do battle for the third time inside MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 9, 2016, which is just one week from this upcoming Saturday. The two standouts headline an HBO Boxing pay-per-view (PPV) card loaded with quality match ups, including a Super Middleweight title fight between division champion Arthur Abraham and top-ranked prospect Gilberto Ramirez.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE "Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3" coverage of the event on fight night, starting with the HBO PPV broadcast at 9 p.m. ET.
The two first fought in 2012, when Pacquiao seemingly cruised to certain victory only to fall victim to some highly-questionable judging. They fought again two years later, with Pacquiao winning a convincing decision over a very game "Desert Storm."
HBO, recognizing that a rubber match between these two is a hard sell, has released an intriguing look at Bradley's journey from the ever-maligned first fight to now.
The last two years have seen both men take very different trajectories. Pacquiao followed his revenge with a dominant showing against Chris Algieri, then turned in a tepid performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the so-called "Fight of the Century." Outside the ring he's fallen in serious hot water thanks to ill-advised comments toward gay people and a stubborn insistence on digging himself deeper and deeper.
Bradley, meanwhile, has gone 2-0-1 since the loss to Pacquiao, starting with a draw against Diego Chaves that really should have been a Bradley victory. In June 2015, he survived a last-second surge from Jessie Vargas to win the interim WBO title, then took home the full title by forcing the inhumanly-tough Brandon Rios to quit in Nov. 2015.
"Desert Storm," who began working with veteran trainer Teddy Atlas prior to the Rios bout, had to vacate that title to face Pacquiao.
We'll have more for you in the coming days. Again, the fight takes place on April 9, 2016, one day before UFC's visit to Zagreb, Croatia, so don't worry about us sacrificing our coverage for that.