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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