If Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) gets his way, he’ll be fighting for his old WBO welterweight title on April 12th or possibly in May against champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao wants to fight the 30-year-old Bradley. The only thing that’s standing in the way of the fight taking place is Bradley asking for more money than Pacquiao’s promoters at Top Rank want to pay him. He wants $8 million for the fight, according to sources from Steve Kim.
That’s $3 million more than what Bradley got the previous time he fought the 35-year-old Pacquiao in 2012.
The fight failed to bring in 1 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys like many of Pacquiao’s previous fights had brought in. The Bradley-Pacquiao fight brought in slightly less than 900,000 PPV buys. If the rematch brings in the same numbers, then Bradley’s request of $8 million isn’t that unreasonable. However, Pacquiao’s last fight against Brandon Rios brought in only 475,000 buys from last November, and this obviously has Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wary of giving Bradly a guarantee of $8 million in case the fight brings in similar numbers as the Pacquiao vs. Rios fight.
If that’s the case then Top Rank will likely take a loss on the fight and fail to turn a profit. That’s a rarity for the company, but it’s a strong possibility if they give Pacquiao and Bradley huge guarantees and the fight fails to bring in the money to cover the guarantees.
“Yes, I want to fight Bradley, simply because I want to win back the title he took from me by a questionable decision,” Pacquiao said to the Scoop sa Kamayan radio program on dzAR. “Almost everybody believes that we won that fight. It’s but proper that we get it (title) back for those who, like me, became victims of judges’ bum decision. We will still meet to finally decide on who I will fight. Definitely, I would insist that Bradley be it. We’ll know before the month ends.”
If Pacquiao can’t get Bradley then he’ll be stuck fighting Ruslan Provodnikov in a fight that will likely bring in few PPV buys. It’s also a fight that could wind up being a lot tougher than the Brsdley fight because Provodnikov is a much bigger puncher, he’s younger, and he’s familiar with Pacquiao’s weaknesses after having sparred with hi a lot in the past. I’m not sure that Pacquiao and especially Arum are eager for him to face Provodnikov. He’s definitely the last resort for Pacquiao.