Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 12/23/14

A major bout in boxing has been made for this spring. After weeks of debate among boxing insiders, fans, and followers about who Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley would be boxing next, the answer came to today: they will be boxing each other…again. Dan Rafael of ESPN broke the story earlier today that Bradley had signed on for a rematch with Pacquiao, making the bout official. The bout is scheduled for April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was the same location as Bradley & Pacquiao’s controversial first bout on June 9, 2012. On that night, Pacquiao dominated the entire bout according to the great majority of those watching on pay-per-view and almost every member of the press sitting ringside. Despite all of this, all three judges somehow turned in scorecards for Bradley. Since that bout, Bradley had to rebuild his reputation amongst fight fans and those in the boxing world since what was supposed to be the greatest win of his career was tainted because he really didn’t win the bout. Bradley engaged in the fight of the year for boxing in 2013 when Ruslan Provodnikov took Bradley to the limit more than once during their bout. Bradley won that bout by decision and then clearly won a decision over Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Marquez in his first bout following the “loss” to Bradley and then took some time off before returning in fine form with a one-sided decision win over Brandon Rios. According to Top Rank Boxing‘s top promoter, Bob Arum, “I finished the deal with Pacquiao last week and [Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] finished with Bradley [Saturday].” The deal not only made Pacquiao/Bradley II possible, but kept Bradley in the Top Rank stable. Bradley’s contract with Top Rank had expired and Bradley was a free agent. Along with a rematch with Pacquiao, a new contract with Top Rank was negotiated. Due to the ongoing cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, it would appear that Bradley re-signing with Top Rank and Floyd Mayweather announcing that his last bout will be next September has made a potential Mayweather/Bradley bout impossible. The irony with Bradley’s new deal is that no such extension was negotiated between Top Rank and Pacquiao while negotiating for a rematch with Bradley. Pacquiao’s current contract with Top Rank is set to expire at the end of 2014 with no extension as of yet. On the subject of a Pacquiao extension with Top Rank, Arum only said, “We are engaged in discussions on an extension, but we’re not there yet.” The details of the bout, according to Arum, are the following: 1. Pacquiao and Bradley have agreed to random blood and urine testing from VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) heading into the bout. VADA has been attempting for the last few years to make real headway when it comes to being involved in drug testing for professional boxing and mixed martial arts bouts. The organization is headed by Dr. Margaret Goodman, former chief ringside doctor for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 2. Arum will ask the panel with the NSAC to consider giving officials who work outside of Nevada this assignment after the controversy with Pacquiao/Bradley I. 3. Whether or not Arum will get his wish with officials that don’t work in Nevada working this bout is up in the air as former NSAC executive director Keith Kizer stepped down last month. Kizer was the man who championed the policy that non-Nevada officials could work a bout in Nevada, the exact thing Arum wants for Pacquiao/Bradley II. The financials of this bout will see Pacquiao receive $20 million and Bradley will get $6 million. A big difference indeed, but this will be $6 million less than Pacquiao received for the first bout and $1 million more for Bradley than the first bout. Both men are also eligible for a pay-per-view bonus if the PPV gets enough buys; Pacquiao/Bradley I generated around 890,000 buys according to Mark Taffet of HBO PPV. Arum also stated that the formal news conference to announce the bout will take place in New York two days after the Super Bowl. Follow Phil on Twitter @PhilClark19. You can also follow Phil on his Facebook page or check out his blog. The post Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley Rematch Set for April 12 appeared first on Players View.

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