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Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring for the first time since his November victory over Brandon Rios, when he takes on Timothy Bradley at the Las Vegas MGM Grand on Saturday, April 12.
Pacquiao and Bradley first met on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand, a bout in which Bradley walked away the victor in a highly controversial split decision. Bradley’s victory brought Pacquiao’s seven-year, 15-bout winning streak to an end, making this April rematch an ideal setting for Pacquiao to seek redemption.
Bradley made his presence known in 2013 thanks to two gutsy outings – one, a hard-fought punchfest against Ruslan Provodnikov on Mar. 16 that ended in a unanimous decision; the other a skill-driven, pay-per-view battle with Juan Manuel Marquez in October that ended with Bradley on the right side of a split decision. Each of those bouts was included in HBO Boxing’s Best of 2013.
The Pacquiao-Bradley media tour will begin in early February, with stops scheduled in both Los Angeles and New York.