BEVERLY HILLS - The hype for the third encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will be raised on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) when the two begin a four-day, two-city press tour for their April 9 bout which the Pacman says would be his ‘last hurrah.’
The itinerary begins with a press conference at the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills hotel, where both Pacquiao and Bradley will be joined by their trainers Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, respectively, along with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
A small contingent accompanied Pacquiao in the tour that included wife Jinkee, business adviser Michael Konz, media relations officer Aquiles Zonio, David Sisson, Francisco Gacal, Benjamin Garcia, along with four Philippine-based media men.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao arrived some two hours earlier ahead of Bradley at the luxurious hotel within the LA area, following a long 13-hour flight from Manila.
Told that Bradley would also be staying at the same place, a deadpan Pacquiao replied, ‘mabuti naman,’ as his eyes remained glued on the large widescreen TV in his suite showing the US NCAA game between Oklahoma and Iowa State.
Bradley, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, came in just past 9 p.m. along with trainer Teddy Atlas, his father Tim Bradley Sr. and other members of the his team.
The 32-year-old American said he didn’t see a third fight with Pacquiao coming after the two split their first two meetings in 2012 and 2014, both of which provided much excitement for fight fans.
But when talk shifted to the title fight being Pacquiao’s final bout in an illustrious career that spans more than two decades, Bradley appeared unconvinced.
“I don’t think it’s his last fight,” he said. “But it all depends on the result. It’s not my last fight, it’s not mine.”
After the LA press conference, both camps will proceed to New York City on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) for the final stop of the press tour.
Venue of the press conference will be the The Theater at Madison Square Garden.