Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao (right) against Timothy Bradley Jr during a welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Pacquiao vs. Bradley Result: Timothy Bradley Wins Controversial Split Decision Over Manny Pacquiao

Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, but by highly questionable split decision.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: WBO To Investigate Title Fight

Per a report from USA Today the World Boxing Organization, better known to many as the WBO, will indeed be investigating the recent fight between Manny Pacquiao and southern California native Timothy Bradley, which ended in a very controversial split decision that was not viewed favorably by many.

WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel said in a statement Wednesday that the WBO's championship committee will review video of the match with five "recognized international judges" and will make a recommendation.

He says in the statement that the WBO does not doubt the ability of the scoring judges.

Bradley won 115-113 on two scorecards, while losing by the same margin on the third. The decision was roundly booed Saturday night by the crowd at the MGM Grand arena.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has said that he has submitted a formal request for an inquiry to the Nevada attorney general's office.

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley Decision: Outrage, Disappointment Ensues Following Controversial Ending

On what was one of the biggest nights of the year for boxing, it was controversy and outrage that stole the headlines. Just about every onlooker in the world had Manny Pacquiao winning the decision by a mile, other than two of the three judges scoring the fight in Las Vegas.

All three judges scored the bout 115-113, two of which had it in favor of Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao continually landed his left hand to Bradley's face, continually dazing the up-and-coming fighter. He landed nearly 100 more punches than his opponent did, and Pacquiao's power punch numbers nearly doubled Bradley's.

Simply put, there was more to this than just the fight. Make the accusations of boxing trying to keep things interesting with Floyd Mayweather in prison, Manny Pacquiao unfairly delaying things for a basketball game or that the judges were paid off, the ultimate downfall is that the wrong man won. And now the chance of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is basically none.

Something needs to be said for Pacquiao's professionalism throughout this whole scam. Even with the judges ripping him off, he remained calm throughout the entire process and said multiple times that he respected the judges' decision, making him the only person in the world to do so.

Pacquiao won that fight, and it wasn't even close. He was laughing at times in the final rounds because Bradley's punches weren't doing any damage. Even with a cut on his tongue, Pacquiao took very little damage to his body. He knew he had won, and the entire world knew it. Other than two of the three judges, of course. And that's all that really matters in the sport of boxing.


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Timothy Bradley Defeats Manny Pacquiao By Controversial Split Decision

Timothy Bradley shocked the boxing world on Saturday, defeating pound-for-pound contender Manny Pacquiao by split decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley moved to 29-0, winning on two scores of 115-113, with one judge scoring the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s 15-fight win streak come to an end as he fell to 54-4-2, suffering his first loss since a 2005 decision loss to Erik Morales.

We at SBNation Los Angeles scored the fight 118-110 for Pacquiao, and HBO’s ringside scorer Harold Lederman had it 119-110. To say this was a controversial and questionable outcome is an understatement of epic proportions. In short, Pacquiao was the better fighter, out-landed Bradley and landed the more meaningful punches by a wide margin. Bradley did land some good shots throughout the fight, coming forward and trying to get in close to Pacquiao, but Pacquiao seemed unfazed by everything that Bradley hit him with.

Listening to the fighters in the ring after the fight, one almost got the sense that even Bradley knew he had lost the fight. He noted how he would go back and look at the tape and see if he won. What fighter ever says that after a victory? Pacquiao was classy in "defeat" saying he thought he won the fight but respecting the judges’ decisions.

One of the most unfortunate offshoots of the controversial fight is that it perhaps ends any possibility of Pacquiao linking up for a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather. The next fight for both Bradley and Pacquiao will most likely be a rematch, which many have speculated will take place on November 10. And while there will be plenty of time for that fight to gain steam, and with Bradley winning it sure will be a highly-anticipated event, it’s not what boxing fans want to see next.

Whether or not it was ever going to happen, the prospect of Mayweather-Pacquiao is now as dark as ever, and you can thank the two judges sitting ringside Saturday who thought that Timothy Bradley won seven of the 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao.

He simply didn’t.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 12

Bradley looks like he's come out trying to hit a home run, but there just seems to be no chance of that happening. Halfway through the round there's another in-close exchange, with both fighters landing a few decent blows. Again, nothing Bradley lands with does anything. This is actually Bradley's best round of the night, but obviously it's just not enough. They exchange until the bell rings. Pacquiao wins his 16th straight fight, retains his WBO welterweight belt and gives Bradley his first loss. We scored it 118-110 for the Pacman.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 11

It's too little too late but Bradley seems to have settled in a bit, opting to try and counter Pacquiao instead of get in close and exchange. But later in the round, we get another skirmish, which as usual Pacquiao gets the better of. Bradley threw more punches in the 11th than Pacquiao, but he's just not landing anything that is slowing Pacquiao down.

109-100 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 10

Bradley gets a good right hand through Pacquiao's guard, maybe his best punch of the fight but that's not saying much. Good right hand by Bradley, who is finally making a case to win a round, although it still may not be enough with a minute to go. It's the one round that Pacquiao didn't land a really good shot, as he seemed to almost coast. We'll give this one to Bradley, his first of the night.

99-91 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 9

Another good left from Pacquiao early on in the ninth, the straight left has been his best friend all night. Good exchange in the corner as we hit the midway point of the round. Now here's signature Manny, hitting consecutive shots from different angles, lunging in and out after with each blow. A few more exchanges but it's starting to be a bit of a broken record. Another one for the Pacman.

90-81 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 8

The first minute of the round goes by without either man landing a meaningful shot. There's another head butt by Bradley, a more serious blow than the first. Pacquiao hits Bradley with a right hook, then another left, but Bradley comes right back and gets a good shot in. Manny though continues to be able to walk right through Bradley's best shots, and you get the sense that Bradley is starting to get a little dejected and frustrated. It was Pacquiao's least active round, but Bradley still didn't do enough of note to take it on our card.

80-72 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 7

Pacquiao again seems to be pacing himself as Round 7 starts. Bradley coming in close and chooses once again to trade with Pacquiao, who again gets the better of the exchange. Now they're really trading, and Bradley does connect with some solid blows but Pacquiao just walks right through them. Pacquiao appears to have a cut in his mouth, but he's out-landing Bradley at about a 3 to 1 clip in this round. You have to give Bradley a lot of a credit for continuing to come forward, but it's all Manny tonight, seven rounds to none on our card.

70-63 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results (Round 6)

Bradley has done well to hold on, and stay on his feet, but he simply isn't able to land anything meaningful as we enter Round 6. Jim Lampley just noted that it seems like Pacquiao is starting to take the first two minutes of these rounds off, which is a good observation. It's been Bradley's best round of the night so far, but it's still one for Pacquiao. Pacquiao backs Bradley into the corner and fires away, not getting great impact through Bradley's guard, but continuing to impose his will. Pacquiao has been just too fast and too strong for Bradley as we're now halfway through the scheduled 12.

60-54 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 5

Bradley seems to have been affected by Pacquiao's big flurry in the fourth round, as he stays away for most of the first half of Round 5. Pacquiao connects with another good left hand, and it's clear that Manny does not fear Bradley's punching power. Bradley tries a combination but can't land, while Pacquiao counters. Another great left hook knocks Bradley back, and Pacquiao follows him along the ropes to try and get him down. Bradley fights back, and is doing his best to give the fans a good show, but Pacquiao is making no mistake who the better fighter is on the night.

50-45 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 4

And in round 4 we get our first Timothy Bradley head butt, although Pacquiao seems unaffected by it. Bradley also hits a shot that lands a little low, and the referee steps in to let him know. Late in the round, Pacquiao lands a few good shots, wobbling Bradley, who stays on his feet but doesn't look too good. Bradley however comes back strong in the final seconds, landing a good right hook to Pacquiao right at the bell. It was another Manny round, and he looked like he was about to put Bradley away, but the American hung on well.

40-36 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 3

Pacquiao continues to pick out his shots, accurately landing left hands. Bradley's trying to get inside, trying to be more aggressive but he can't find Pacquiao. Another good left and a follow-up right back Bradley up to the ropes late in the round. Bradley gets a decent shot in, but Pacquiao comes right back. Every time Bradley lands anything significant, Pacquiao throws more. Another round for Pacquiao, who looks like he's starting to break down Bradley.

30-27 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 2

Pacquiao landed another good left early on, as he seems to have found the punch that will land consistently on Bradley. Bradley comes in close and ties up, landing multiple shots to Pacquiao's body. Bradley finally lands a few good shots of his own, but Pacquiao takes them well. Pacquiao's shots aren't hurting Bradley, but they certainly seem to be connecting much more flush than anything Bradley has landed. Another round to Pacquiao on our scorecard.

20-18 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Fight Results: Round 1

We're underway at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as Manny Pacquiao tries to win his 16th straight fight and hand the first career loss to Timothy Bradley.

Round 1 started with both fighters feeling each other out. Bradley was fairly defensive, keeping a high guard and absorbing Pacquiao's shots. Late in the round, though, Pacquiao was able to land three straight hard and clean left hands taking the round on our scorecard.

10-9 Manny Pacquiao

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley Undercard Results: Jorge Arce, Jesus Rojas Fight To No Contest

Jorge Arce and Jesus Rojas appeared to be on their way to a very entertaining scrap, but the bout was halted in the second round and ruled a no contest after Arce couldn’t recover after an unintentional foul blow by Rojas.

In the first round, Arce knocked Rojas down about 20 seconds in, and it looked as though it might be a quick night. However, Rojas fought back well, hitting Arce with a few clean shots as the two tussled right to the bell. As the second round opened, Rojas came after Arce and hit him with a low blow and a headbutt, then a shot to the back/kidney area, and with Arce spun around, Rojas nailed him straight in the ear. Arce couldn’t get up from the shot, and said after the fight that his equilibrium was off, and referee Kenny Bayless ruled that Arce was hurt on an unintentional foul, thus ending the fight as a no decision.

Arce remained at 60-6-2 with 46 KOs, while Rojas stayed at 18-1-1, 13 KOs.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Undercard Results: Randall Bailey Shocks Mike Jones

Randall Bailey shocked previously unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday night on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view, knocking out Jones in the 11th round to win the IBF welterweight belt.
For nine rounds, Jones and Baily slogged through some of the most forgettable boxing you'll ever see. While it was just about unwatchable, Jones appeared to be on his way to a decision victory, but the hard-punching Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) nailed Jones with a straight right in the 10th round that changed the fight, flooring Jones for the first time in his career.

Jones survived the round and came out in the 11th looking a little bit more aggressive, but a little over two minutes in, Bailey connected with a perfect counter right hand uppercut. Jones fell to the ground and tried to get up, but it was clear right away that he wasn't there. Jones fell to 26-1 and will have to go back to the drawing board. While he has never proven to be the most exciting fighter, Jones always found a way to win and was on the precipice of becoming a major player in the welterweight division. Bailey's two monstrous punches have changed that, and we'll see where Jones goes from here.

As for Bailey, he'll always have fans as long as he can continue to pull off highlight-reel knockouts like he did on Saturday.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Undercard Results: Guillermo Rigondeaux Dominates Teon Kennedy In 5th Round TKO

Although he's done nothing but win since turning pro, hardcore boxing fans have been waiting for Guillermo Rigondeaux to excite them. On Saturday night in Las Vegas in opening the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view show, the former Cuban amateur star did just that. Rigondeaux moved to 10-0 (8 KOs) in defeating Teon Kennedy with a 5th round technical knockout to retain his WBA super bantamweight title.

Rigondeaux got off to a fast start, peppering Kennedy with quick combinations and dropping him twice in the first round. Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) was able to connect with just six of 40 power shots, but the story of the night was Rigondeaux's vicious left hand, which put Kennedy on the canvas five times altogether. Finally in the middle of the fifth round, the referee rightly called a halt to the action.

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Main Event Fight Will Not Start Until NBA Playoffs Conclude

Saturday night will be a very busy one for the sports world. You have the third leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, game five of the Stanley Cup Finals, game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Their fight was originally scheduled to begin around 8:30 p.m. PST or so, but that is no longer the case.

According to Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, the title bout will not begin until the Celtics and Heat game wraps up. He cites the best interest of the viewers in his statement about the decision, but we all know this is about the money.

"I'm not waiting for Manny's request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao - Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game," said Arum to FightNews.com. "Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won't have to make a choice between events, they will be able to watch both. However, the action-packed pay-per-view undercard will begin as scheduled at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT."

The Celtics vs. Heat game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PST, meaning it should conclude by 8:30 assuming there is no overtime. I'd imagine Pacquiao and Bradley will enter the ring around 9 p.m. if this is the case, which gives everyone plenty of time to transition from their basketball (or hockey) game to one of the bigger fights of the year.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: Fight Time, Results, Odds And More

The eyes of the boxing world will focus on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night as Manny Pacquiao will face Palm Springs native Timothy Bradley in a pay-per-view bout for the WBO Welterweight title. But there are also three bouts on the undercard. Here is a look at the full Saturday schedule, which begins at 6 p.m. PDT.

WBA Junior Featherweight Title

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Teon Kennedy: Rigondeaux is defending his title here, and is a heavy favorite, at -2000 per 5 Dimes.


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IBF Welterweight Title

Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey: Jones is a -550 favorite per Bovada, and a -500 favorite per 5 Dimes.

Junior Featherweight Division

Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas: Arce is a -1800 favorite in this 10-round bout per Bovada.

WBO Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: Pac-Man is a -450 favorite at both Bovada and 5 Dimes.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: Schedule & Undercard Bouts

The battle between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is sure to grab all of the headlines on Saturday night, but there are three other interesting bouts that will take place before the main event. The Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight is scheduled to begin about 9 p.m. locally; here is the schedule and a few predictions from Brent Brookhouse, SB Nation's boxing guru.

Vacant IBF Welterweight Title: Mike Jones (26-0, 19 KO) vs. Randall Bailey (42-8, 36 KO)

Brookhouse: "If Bailey lands flush he can hurt Jones. We've seen Jones prove vulnerable in his sloppiest moments and maybe he gets excited on PPV going after his first ever world title and leaves an opening.

But the much more likely outcome is that Jones beats Bailey up over twelve rounds. I think as Mike works him over, the opportunity will be there for a stoppage, but I think Mike Jones will play it safe and win by wide decision."

WBA World Super Bantamweight Title: Guillermo Rigondeaux (c) (9-0, 7 KO) vs. Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KO)

Brookhouse: "Kennedy has only lost once in his career, that being two fights ago when outpointed by Alejandro Lopez. His last fight was a draw with Christopher Martin to put him at 0-1-1 in his last 2, but here he is...challenging for a world title.

Kennedy was also a part of one of boxing's great recent tragedies when Francisco Rodriguez died following their 2009 bout. Being a part of such an incident can make it hard for a boxer to continue fighting but Kennedy has been able to continue on respectably since.

This shouldn't be too much of a challenge, it's more about seeing if Rigondeaux can get the stoppage. Given what I've seen from both men I think he can so I'll take Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO in four."

Jorge Arce (60-6-2, 46 KO) vs. Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KO)

Brookhouse: "Arce is better at this age than Rojas will ever be, but Arce is also a fighter who can't seem to get away from wars, especially on bigger stages. There will be moments where Rojas has success because getting hit far too often is a thing that Jorge does, but in the end Arce will have his hand raised after a mid-round TKO."

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley Weigh-In Results: Pacquiao Weighs In At 147, Bradley 146

The weights are in from Las Vegas for Saturday's welterweight world title fight between pound-for-pound contender Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley. Pacquaio weighed in right at the welterweight limit of 147, while Bradley tipped the scales at 146.

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 Kos) looks to win his 16th straight bout and successfully defend his WBO welterweight belt against Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) who is moving up to the 147-pound limit after winning the WBO and WBC belts and fighting his last two bouts at 140 pounds. Pacquiao, the only boxer ever to win world titles in eight different weight classes, is coming off a questionable, hard-fought decision victory over Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez back in November. It was Pacquaio's third fight against Marquez, who has continuously proved to be the Filipino's toughest adversary in recent times. Although many thought Marquez did enough to eke out a win, Pacquiao was given then win on points.

On the undercard of Pacquiao's pay-per-view win against Marquez in November, Bradley defeated Joel Casamayor by eighth round TKO in his last fight. Prior to that, Bradley won an ugly technical decision against Devon Alexander back in January of 2011, a fight that was highly anticipated but was largely disappointing. Multiple head butts, a point of emphasis heading into and Bradley fight and especially Saturday's tussle with Pacquiao, opened up a nasty cut on the brow of Alexander, which halted the fight in the tenth round.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: 'Manny Time' Is Up According To Timothy Bradley

There certainly isn't any love lost between Southern California native Timothy Bradley and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao heading into their bout this weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley certainly isn't afraid to voice his opinion either, noting in a recent radio interview that 'Manny Time' has all but expired. Still, the 28-0 Bradley has much respect for Pac-Man as well.

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On his fight Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao:

"Oh absolutely. You know I bring the pain and I come to fight. This is an opportunity of a lifetime; this is what I have been waiting on 18 years of my life. I'm ready to put it all on the line. I'm ready to put it all on the line Saturday night. He's facing a young, hungry fighter looking for greatness.

Whether he feels like this is the fight that he has always waited for:

"Absolutely. 18 years of my life, since I started boxing and it has taken me to this moment. It's a long journey to get here but it's finally here and now I'm saying to myself ‘what are you going to do Bradley? You have to win this fight. It's a must-win for you in order to move further in your career."

On why he thinks he will be the one to beat Manny Pacquiao:

"Because I feel ‘Manny Time' is up. His time is definitely up and I feel that it's my time. I've wanted 18 years but for four years I have been calling this guy out. Never got looked at, never got a shot and the fact that four years later I get this fight, it's my time. The fact that Manny Pacquiao hasn't been looking that great his last couple of fights, the fact that he hasn't faced a young guy with my type of skill and my type of speed and power so this is not another washed up opponent or fixed opponent. This fight, he had to take this fight. He had no other options. Is this the first fight that he wanted to have to fight? No. I wasn't the first pick but he was forced into this and now we're going to see what Manny Pacquiao is really made of."

If he thinks Pacquiao will be completely focused Saturday night:

"I hope that he is not focused but I think the fact that he has found himself, his religion, he doesn't have that big entourage anymore which has kind of tapered down a little bit but I'm expecting a tough, tough Manny Pacquiao, I'm expecting the best. I want the best because that is going to make me even better. The harder the competition, the harder you fight."

Below is SB Nation's latest video on this fight entitled Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley and the Floyd Mayweather Shadow including interviews with both fighters as well as their trainers. A must see before this fight indeed.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: Mandatory Rematch November 10 If Bradley Wins

The boxing world will have their eyes focused on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, as Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight Title. The pay-per-view event begins at 6 p.m. PDT Saturday night. If Bradley, a native of Palm Springs, has his way, this won't be the last matchup with Pacquiao.

Should Bradley win, there will be a mandatory rematch on November 10, and at the pre-fight press conference for this fight on Wednesday, Bradley held aloft an over-sized fabricated ticket for the event, dubbed "Bradley vs. Pacquiao 2."

Bradley is a heavy underdog in the bout, and he knows he has to lay it all on the line to beat Pacquiao.

''It's all or nothing. No rounds off. Round by round I have to win each one," Bradley told the Associated Press.

One of the reasons Pacquiao is such a heavy favorite is the difference in power. Pacquiao has 38 knockout wins in his 59 career bouts, while Bradley has just 12 knockouts in his 28 bouts, though Bradley is undefeated. Bradley is undeterred by his lack of knockouts.

“I get in the ring and they say I don't have any power but then they feel me and feel my strength. As soon as they get hit they want to hold me. The last couple of fights guys have been holding me all night," Bradley told Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun. “He's going to respect me. Believe me, as soon as I tag him, he will respect me.”

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: Floyd Mayweather Won't Watch Pay-Per-View Bout From Jail

For quite some time the boxing world had been waiting to watch Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather together in the same ring. But for this weekend, as per usual, we have to settle for Pacquaio or Mayweather. Pacquaio will face Palm Springs native Timothy Bradley Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event. But it appears that Mayweather won't be watching the fight.

Mayweather began his three-month jail sentence in Clark County, Nevada last Friday and his jail won't be forking over the money for the pay-per-view bout.

"Nothing special is being done to provide this television program or any other program in the jail," spokesman Bill Cassell told Jim Halley of USA Today. "We don't plan on having pay-for-view in the jail. Now, if ESPN or some other channel runs a repeat, he may be able to view it then."

Pacquaio is a heavy favorite over Bradley in Saturday's fight.

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Pacquiao Vs. Bradley: Pac-Man Re-Focuses On Religion, Bible Study

As Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley prepare for their bout in Las Vegas this weekend, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix brings up a new angle to the tale of 'Pac-Man,' the tale of his religious awakening.

Manny is and has been an entertainer, often singing to the crowds after fights and spending long nights on the town. But Pacquiao has traded all that in for Bible Study in the evenings, focusing all of his efforts on his upcoming bought with Bradley:

There is a new twist to Pacquiao. He has undergone a religious awakening these last eight months, morphing from, as he described himself to me, "an immoral man" into a deeply religious one. He has gone from a man who indulged in heavy drinking, gambling and womanizing to a committed one who has eliminated every vice from his life.

The 33 year old may not be as spry as he used to be, but his lack of long nights have certainly had an affect on his training regimen, which trainer Freddy Roach admits is much better:

"His focus is very good," Roach said. "We don't have days where he comes in tired, because he has no nightlife whatsoever, besides the Bible study. He is very focused on the fight. He and God are very close right now and he is just a better athlete, with no distractions."

Roach has made sure to get rid of his old sparring partners, bringing in new hungry ones that aren't chummy with the champ, and has done some slight rearranging of his regimin to suit Bradley's style. Roach didn't feel he is in Manny's league though:

Roach calls Bradley a good fighter but doesn't think he is in Pacquiao's league. "I have been watching Bradley a lot and he doesn't rely very much on counterpunching," Roach said. "He is very offensive. He comes to fight, which will make it a good fight for everybody. We have the game plan set after watching many, many tapes of Bradley. Manny should have a very good fight on Saturday."

We'll have to just wait and see.

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Pacquaio Vs. Bradley: American Idol Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez To Sing National Anthem

The WBO Welterweight Title will be on the line on Saturday night as Manny Pacquaio will battle Palm Springs native Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event will be watched by millions, and it appears the Philippines will have a definite rooting interest both during and before the event.

In addition to the Filipino Pacquaio in the ring, American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez, a 16-year old Filipino-Meixcan-American, will sing the national anthem. Sanchez, who finished second in this season's American Idol competition, tweeted Tuesday that she had landed the big event.

Coverage of the Pacquaio-Bradley fight begins Saturday night, June 9 at 6 p.m. PDT.

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley Odds: Manny Pacquiao A Heavy Favorite On Saturday

All eyes will be on Las Vegas this weekend as Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Timothy Bradley square off in what will be one of the year's biggest boxing matches. Despite all of Pacquiao's achievements over the years there are quite a few who think Bradley could pull the upset, which would send shockwaves through the sport.

The folks in Las Vegas do not see an upset happening though, and have Pacquiao listed as a heavy favorite for the fight. According to Odds Sharks, Bradley is handicapped at +360 for the match. Most feel that his only chance of winning is to do a ton of damage to Pacquiao's body early in the fight and open him up, which is very tough to do against the methodical veteran.

Bovada also has Pacquiao as a -450 favorite. They have set the over/under on rounds for the fight at 9.5. The over is undeniably the safe bet here and has been set at a -280 price.

You can find the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight on Saturday, June 9. It can be seen on Pay Per View.

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VIDEO: Pacquiao vs. Bradley Fight Preview

Southern California's Timothy Bradley gets ready to battle Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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