Manny Pacquiao Prepares for his Final Battle • Latino Sports


Manny Pacquiao Prepares for his Final Battle


New York, NY – Welterweight greats Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (57-6-3, 38 KO’s) and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) were at Madison Square Garden on Thursday afternoon to help promote their third bout, which will again be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on April 6 and can also be seen on HBO PPV.

The two met for the first time on June 9, 2012, in a bout which went the 12 round limit and was won by Bradley by a split decision. The two fought again 22 months later on April 12, 2014. The bout again went the distance, but was won by Pacquiao in a unanimous decision.

Their third encounter, the rubber match, will be fought in the same arena in Vegas. Five time Trainers of the year Freddie Roach for Pacquaio and Teddy Atlas for Bradley will be in opposite corners for the first time.

The two great champions were in Los Angeles on Tuesday and in New York City on Thursday to promote the bout. Veteran promoter bob Arum, in his 50th year in boxing, began the proceedings at Madison Square Garden by praising New York fight fans, “The fight fans here are not second to any in the world. It’s no accident that we came to New York to talk about this fight.”

The promoter, as should be expected, praised the upcoming encounter, “We will see how much Manny has recovered from shoulder surgery and whether he has been able to retain all his power. We saw in Tim’s last fight a new. Improved Tim Bradley thanks and largely due to his astute trainer, Teddy Atlas. One thing is for sure, this fight will be vastly different from the first these two warriors have had.”

He announced and Pacquiao reiterated that the all-time great boxer will be retiring after the bout with Bradley. The 37 year old began his career in boxing more than 20 years ago, 1995.

During those years, the superb fighter has achieved a record by becoming a world champion in eight different weight classifications, ranging from 112 pounds to 154 pounds. The Boxing Writers of America selected him as the Fighter of the Decade, 2000-2009. The southpaw has fought and defeated 19 current or former world champions during his years in the ring.

Both fighters began their remarks with words of thanks to God, members of their families and those who have supported them in the squared circle.

Pacquiao spoke of entering the sport of boxing to earn money to support his mother. He expressed gratitude for all he has achieved in his career, “God raised me from nothing to something for a purpose. I never dreamed of what I accomplished in boxing.”

The native of the Philippines dedicated his final bout to the people of his country, his family and to all of his fans. He plans to continue in politics in his country and is again running for the Senate to hopefully help his country, “I’m going to retire and take another new responsibility to help the people.”

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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