By Scott Christ @scottchristBLH on Jan 6 2014, 5:06p 495
Manny Pacquiao is said to be set on facing Timothy Bradley in a rematch of their controversial 2012 bout on April 12, 2014.
It was said to be down to two, and now it sounds like the choice has been made. Manny Pacquiao has reportedly chosen to face Timothy Bradley in a rematch on April 12, 2014, rather than take on a fresh opponent in WBO junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provoodnikov.
Pacquiao controversially lost a split decision to Bradley in June 2012. The fight's judging was so universally loathed and disregarded that a contractual rematch clause Pacquiao held was disregarded in order to make his next fight, a convincing loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
But now, with Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) on a strong two-fight win streak, beating Provodnikov and then Marquez, looks like he's fought his way back into a rematch that at one point, many simply didn't care to see at all.
It also should be said that at the moment, Top Rank's opponent choices are very limited and with these the two candidates, I think there's no question that Manny (55-5-2, 38 KO) has made the biggest possible fight if this is indeed the choice.