Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/6/12

Manny Pacquiao is likely to fight Timothy Bradley on June 9th in Las Vegas according to several reports. Pac Man is settling on Bradley after Floyd Mayweather agreed to a May fight with Miguel Cotto, who was also being considered to face the Filipino.

Promoter Bob Arum says the negotiations are nearing completion, noting that it’s difficult to finalize things with Manny so many time zones away in the Philippines.

Bradley is 28-0 with 12 KOs in his career. He defeated Devon Alexander in Detroit last year in an extremely boring and disappointing fight. It was also controversial due to several headbutts by Bradley, who has a rather large cranium. Bradley then turned down a fight with Amir Khan, left promoter Gary Shaw, and signed with Top Rank’s Bob Arum. We wrote last February that Bradley and Pacquiao were likely to fight, and it looks like that’s coming true.

If you’re wondering who Bradley is and why he’s getting this fight, that is your answer. Bob Arum only sets Manny Pacquiao up with fighters he promotes so he can collect a full profit on the fight. So for everyone who was hoping to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. square off, you’re left with Mayweather-Cotto and Pacquiao-Bradley. It’s hardly the consolation prize fight fans were hoping for.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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