Our topic last week was the overall feeling of the official announcement of a third fight between superstar Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2,38 KOs) and WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13KOs). The bout will take place April 9th, 2016. It will be scheduled for 12 rounds and take place at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be aired on HBO ppv. Each guy has won a fight in the series.
The first fight saw Bradley win what many felt was a controversial split decision. Some of the media and fans were really hard on Bradley in the aftermath of the fight. He gained a lot of respect in his next fight where he won a razor thin decision over Ruslan Prodnikov. The thrilling match was voted fight of the year. Bradly and Pacquiao would square off again nearly two years after their first fight. This time there would be no controversy. The fight was close early but Pacquiao pulled away after that to win a clear unanimous decision. The announcement of a third fight was not well received. A large marjority of the fans and media were hoping to see Pacquaio fight someone he has not faced already.
The rematch between former world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) of Canada and current unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1,25 KOs) of Russia will take place January 30th. The site like in their first fight will be the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec. Kovalev was giving the toughest fight of his career. However, he was in control for the most part. The ending of the fight is what left some doubt for Pascal. Kovalev had Pascal hurt pretty bad at the end but the precise moment the referee stopped the fight Pascal was actually in a motion to throw a punch. It was a judgment call by the referee who doesn’t have the advantage of instant replay. He is focused on the safety of the fighter and felt that Pascal had enough.
Initially we thought of a topic of if this rematch should even happen or not. It is happening so that topic is a moot point. Whether Pascal can change the outcome this time around is the topic. Pascal did not look good at all in his last fight against unbeaten Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez. Pascal seemed hurt on a number of occasions but still was awarded a very unpopular decision. Kovalev seemed like his normal dominate self in his last fight knocking out his mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi in round 3. Pascal is being trained by legendary Freddie Roach but on the surface nothing seems to favor Pascal being able to even last as long as he did in the first fight let alone win. This is boxing so the fighters settle this in the ring. Please give us your feedback on if you see the fight ending any different this time.