REACTIONS were mostly underwhelming after Top Rank chief Bob Arum announced that Manny Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley for a third time on April 9 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and Bradley split their first two bouts. The Filipino boxing superstar lost a controversial split decision in their 2012 encounter before Pacquiao bounced back in 2014 with a unanimous decision win. Neither created much excitement.
No wonder most fight fans are not thrilled to see Pacquiao-Bradley III.
Shane Mosley questioned Top Rank’s decision to have a Pacquiao-Bradley trilogy, saying it can't compare to Pacquiao taking on arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez four times in his career.
“Pacquiao vs Bradley III? Pac fought Marquez 4x’s. Who the hell wants to see these guys fight 3 & 4 times? What are ya’ll doing at TR (Top Rank),” wrote Mosley on his Twitter account.
Bradley, the current World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, was picked over Terence Crawford and Amir Khan who fight fans could engage Pacquiao in a more thrilling fight.
So to some, Pacquiao made a safe choice in picking Bradley, who is coming off a ninth-round knockout win over Brandon Rios.
“The reason why Pacquiao is choosing him is because he (Bradley) can't hurt him,” said Joel Diaz, Bradley’s former trainer, in an interview with the Desert Sun. "If Pacquiao chooses Bradley, he will knock him out this time.”
Diaz also shared Mosley’s sentiments that no one wants to see Pacquiao and Bradley slug it out again.
“People don't want to see that fight again,” Diaz added.
“I think it’s an interesting fight given Bradley’s last performance against Rios. It was a different Tim Bradley from the Bradley we’ve seen before,” Arum told USA Today.